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26 November 2018 – “Was Tear Gas Use at US-Mexico Border a Violation of Conventions on Chemical Weapons?”

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/dem-senator-tear-gas-use-at-us-mexico-border-a-violation-of-conventions-on-chemical-weapons/  NO. NOTE: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, “Article II. Definitions and Criteria.” at Paragraph 9,“Purposes Not Prohibited Under this Convention”, subparagraph (d) specified “Law enforcement including domestic riot control purposes.” https://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention/articles/article-ii-definitions-and-criteria Aside from this being a defense support to civil authorities (DSCA) mission in support of…


21 – 26 November 2018 – White House approves use of force, some law enforcement roles for border troops

  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/21/white-house-approves-use-of-force-some-law-enforcement-roles-for-border-troops/ and see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gej9FfbSAi4 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3121.01B, Standing Rules of Engagement (SROE)/Standing Rules for the Use of Force (SRUF) for U.S. Forces, dated 13 June 2005 are the result of a review and revision of the previous 2000 and 1994 editions. They provide…



August 31, 2018 – Thirteen Years On: Lessons (Re)Learned From “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Government Effort

New Orleans, LA–Aerial views of damage caused from Hurricane Katrina the day after the hurricane hit August 30, 2005. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA Thirteen Years On: Lessons (Re)Learned From “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Government Effort AUGUST 31, 2018 12:41:15 PM Kevin Govern…



FPRI – Disproportionate Force in Gaza? Context Matters – 23 May 2018

https://www.fpri.org/article/2018/05/disproportionate-force-in-gaza-context-matters/ If open-fire orders were violated, then those responsible must be addressed accordingly. In the same spirit that Hamas must respond to those residents it sent to the fence, the IDF must ask itself whether the response was proportional or if alternative measures (non-lethal) could have been implemented before open-fire…



CNN – Chinese military lasers injure US military pilots in Africa – 3 May 2018

  https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/03/politics/chinese-lasers-us-military-pilots-africa/index.html If true this targeting would violate the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, Protocol IV of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, issued by the United Nations on 13 October 1995. It came into force on 30 July 1998.  As of the end of April 2018, the protocol had been agreed…


MWI – Who Says Cyber Warriors Need to Wear a Uniform? – 23 March 2018

https://mwi.usma.edu/says-cyber-warriors-need-wear-uniform/ There is no question the cyber skillset is increasingly in demand for the Department of Defense. Cyberspace has been acknowledged as an independent warfare domain in US doctrine, and NATO has followed suit. Cyber attacks on US systems are steadily ascending, and the need for investment in systems, infrastructure,…