Leon Panetta http://kgou.org en World Views: April 26, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-26-2013 <p></p><p>This time last week Americans were just starting to learn about the troubled Russian region of&nbsp;Chechnya after authorities released the identities of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.</p><p>Rebecca Cruise discusses women in combat and the U.S. drone program with NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/128649543/rachel-martin" target="_blank">Rachel Martin</a>. Before taking over the host's chair of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/weekend-edition-sunday/" target="_blank"><em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em></a>, she reported from both Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the network's national security correspondent.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 4663 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 26, 2013 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