Dont' Ask Don't Tell http://kgou.org en Women in War: Combat and Coverage When the Front Lines Blur http://kgou.org/post/women-war-combat-and-coverage-when-front-lines-blur <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In January, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta <a href="http://www.defense.gov/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1746">announced</a> the end of the U.S. military’s 19-year-old ban on women officially serving in combat roles.</p><p>“Every time I visited the warzone, every time I've met with troops, reviewed military operations, and talked to wounded warriors, I've been impressed with the fact that everyone - men and women alike - everyone is committed to doing the job,” Panetta said. “They're fighting and they're dying together. And the time has come for our policies to recognize that reality.”</p><p><em>Weekend Edition Sunday </em>host <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/128649543/rachel-martin">Rachel Martin</a> covered national security issues for NPR from 2010-2012. She told KGOU’s <em>World Views</em> the change in policy recognizes the reality on the ground, but also will afford women the opportunity to compete for top-level spots in very elite military units.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:58:00 +0000 Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 4434 at http://kgou.org Women in War: Combat and Coverage When the Front Lines Blur