Larry Abramson http://wuwm.com en Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement http://wuwm.com/post/air-forces-beloved-warthog-targeted-retirement Jeff Duford is standing next to an A-10, one of the most beloved planes of all time. It's painted green, a clue that it was designed for a threat that has disappeared — it was built at the height of the Cold War.<p>"The reason why it's painted this way is because at that time, this airframe was expected to stop Soviet tanks from rolling through Germany," says Duford, curator of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 20881 at http://wuwm.com Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement Obama Panel: NSA Phone Record Surveillance Should Be Limited http://wuwm.com/post/obama-panel-nsa-phone-record-surveillance-should-be-limited Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>After recently revelations about the National Security Agency, the Obama administration came up with a soundbite: Just because we can gather information, the White House said, doesn't always mean we should. That did not answer whether the U.S. would continue gathering telephone data on Americans or spying on foreign leaders. Now a presidential panel says, in most cases, the NSA shouldn't. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 20536 at http://wuwm.com In Qatar, Hagel Tours Command Center That May Or May Not Exist http://wuwm.com/post/qatar-hagel-tours-command-center-may-or-may-not-exist U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar on Tuesday morning, the last leg of a tour that has also taken him to Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.<p>The "CAOC" as it's known in Pentagonese, is a minimalist concrete bunker in the blasted desert south of Doha, the capital of this wealthy emirate that sits on a peninsula jutting off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Qatar is a close U.S. ally that is happy to host this high-tech command center. But they want to keep that fact on the down low, so U.S. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:48:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 19804 at http://wuwm.com Karzai's Political Games Overshadow Hagel's Visit To Afghanistan http://wuwm.com/post/karzais-political-games-overshadow-hagels-visit-afghanistan Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returned to the Middle East today, after a weekend tour of Afghanistan and a stop in Pakistan. Hagel's visit to Afghanistan was overshadowed by continuing difficulties with President Hamid Karzai. Afghanistan has not yet agreed to terms that would allow U.S. forces to stay there beyond 2014. As NPR's Larry Abramson reports, Afghanistan is not the only country where the U.S. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 19754 at http://wuwm.com U.S. Flies Bombers Through East China Sea Air Space China Claims http://wuwm.com/post/us-flies-bombers-through-east-china-sea-air-space-china-claims The United States military flew two B-52 bombers into air space that China recently designated as an air defense identification zone. The showdown is part of a larger dispute involving China and Japan and territorial rights in the East China Sea. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 18831 at http://wuwm.com