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Presidential Executive Order on Restoring State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement’s Access to Life-Saving Equipment and Resources – 28 August 2017

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/28/presidential-executive-order-restoring-state-tribal-and-local-law And see: https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/us/politics/trump-military-equipment-police.amp.html And see: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21727910-air-conditioners-seem-help-more-guns-military-kit-cuts-crime?frsc=dg%7Ce See also: Govern, Kevin H., Defense Support of Civil Authorities: An Examination of Trends Impacting Upon Police Militarization (2016). Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 89-134, Fall 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978460

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Office of the Texas Governor – Governor Abbott Activates Entire Texas National Guard In Response To Hurricane Harvey Devastation – 28 August 2017

https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-activates-entire-texas-national-guard-in-response-to-hurric See also: Govern, Kevin H., Chapter 23: Defense Support of Civil Authorities Responding to Natural and Man-Made Disasters (December 03, 2015). U.S. Military Operations Law, Policy, and Practice (Oxford 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2689907



Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command – 18 August 2017

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/18/statement-donald-j-trump-elevation-cyber-command I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations. This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense. The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates…




USA Today – Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan – 8 August 2017

Erik Prince is a former Navy SEAL officer and founder of Blackwater USA. He is chairman of the Frontier Services Group, a logistics company focused on Africa and South Asia. (Photo: Oxford Union, REX, Shutterstock, via AP) https://usat.ly/2ulHHJr https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/08/war-afghanistan-trump-white-house-weighs-bold-plan-privatize/548004001/ “The White House is actively considering a bold plan to turn over…



NY Times – Court Rejects a Murder Conviction and Voids 3 Sentences in Blackwater Case – 4 August 2017

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/world/middleeast/blackwater-contractors-iraq-sentences.html?emc=edit_na_20170804&nl=breaking-news&nlid=44923803&ref=cta&referer= And for background, see: Govern, Kevin H. and Bales, Eric C., Taking Shots at Private Military Firms: International Law Misses its Mark (Again) (May 29, 2008). Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2070437