Military Legitimacy

Lawfare – Federal Prosecution is a Viable Option for Enemy Combatants – 24 July 2017

https://www.lawfareblog.com/federal-prosecution-viable-option-enemy-combatants By Mary B. McCord Monday, July 24, 2017, 2:19 PM “It is true, of course, that the United States will not have an Article III option in every case in which it has the opportunity to take custody of an enemy combatant. Law enforcement officials may lack the quantum…

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WOTR – Strategic Guidance for Countering the Proliferation of Strategic Guidance – 20 July 2017

Image: Senior Airman Amber Carter/U.S. Air Force By Mara Karlin and Christopher Skaluba https://warontherocks.com/2017/07/strategic-guidance-for-countering-the-proliferation-of-strategic-guidance/ “Having spent good portions of our Pentagon careers in the “strategy space,” we’ve been confronted by any number of arguments about the ultimate value of the strategic guidance enterprise. Credible points can be made that the department…


MWI – MWI PODCAST: TRAINING TO WIN ON THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD – 28 June 2017

MWI PODCAST: TRAINING TO WIN ON THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD, WITH COL. JONATHAN NEUMANN Jake Miraldi | June 28, 2017 https://mwi.usma.edu/mwi-podcast-training-win-modern-battlefield-col-jonathan-neumann/ http://modernwarinstitute.libsyn.com/rss In this episode of the MWI podcast, Capt. Jake Miraldi sits down for a discussion with Col. Jonathan Neumann. For the past three years, Col. Neumann has served as…


MWI – WHY THE MILITARY’S NONPARTISAN ETHIC HAS ERODED, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT – 27 June 2017

http://militarylegitimacyreview.com/?p=2104 https://mwi.usma.edu/militarys-nonpartisan-ethic-eroded/ Editor’s note: This article is based on a study conducted by the author and published by National Defense University Press. Read the full study at: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/Portals/68/Documents/casestudies/cco_casestudy-1.pdf?ver=2017-05-22-090156-52 “Normative violations of the nonpartisan ethic by members of the military might not grab headlines like the Marines United scandal, but both have…



The Diplomat – China’s Maritime Operation: The ‘Gray Zone’ in Black and White – 18 May 2017

Image Credit: China Defense Blog http://thediplomat.com/2017/05/chinas-maritime-operation-the-gray-zone-in-black-and-white/ There is no problem in the “gray zone” because the “gray zone” does not exist. By Ben Lowsen May 18, 2017 “Much has been made lately of China’s maritime operations in the “gray zone,” referring to operations achieving military objectives like island seizure while…


WSJ – Pentagon Ramps Up Space Warfare Effort – 26 April 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-ramps-up-space-warfare-effort-1493199003 Gen. John Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee that ‘we must prepare for a conflict that extends into space’ through defensive measures, but also by building ‘an offensive capability to challenge’ adversaries. PHOTO: YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS . By Andy Pasztor The Wall Street Journal April 26, 2017 5:30 a.m….


Holocaust Remembrance Day – Memory of Justice – 24 APR 2017

https://www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembrance/remembrance-day-calendar Dear Friends: As millions have observed Pesach and Easter around the world, freedom from societal and personal enslavement, and renewal of hope and spirituality, we have a multi-faith, multi cultural event and a remembrance captured on film worth noting. The 1976 documentary “The Memory of Justice” is newly restored…


Just Security – What Do Top Legal Experts Say About the Syria Strikes? – 7 April 2017

https://www.justsecurity.org/39712/top-legal-experts-syria-strikes/ “[Just Security] asked several of the very top legal minds about their views concerning Thursday night’s airstrikes by the United States in response to the Syrian government’s reported use of chemical weapons.  [They] have provided their verbatim responses … and will be adding more.” and for a brief video (albeit…


MWI – CONCRETE BARRIERS: A FALSE COUNTERINSURGENCY IDOL – 23 March 2017

http://mwi.usma.edu/concrete-barriers-false-counterinsurgency-idol/ “In his MWI article, ‘The Most Effective Weapon on the Modern Battlefield is Concrete,’ Maj. John Spencer argues that ‘concrete contributed to reducing the complexity of the urban environment, served as a major tool in establishing stability, and functioned as a powerful weapon against enemies using safe havens within…