This Day In History & Historical Perspectives


MWI’s Andrew Bacevich Criticizes U.S. Military Forays in Middle East – 29 September 2016

“MWI’s Andrew Bacevich Criticizes U.S. Military Forays in Middle East. Speaking to cadets and faculty, MWI Adjunct Scholar Andrew Bacevich gives a blistering critique of U.S. military interventionism in the greater Middle East.” For Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2015, please see: https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42738.pdf and see Military…


MWI – A Civil War Vignette that Explains Modern Civ-Mil Relations – 22 August 2016

http://www.mwi.usma.edu/fidelity-frankness-collide-portrait-grant/ This essay from MAJ Dan Maurer is a shortened version of a chapter appearing in the author’s forthcoming book on American strategic civil-military relationships, tentatively titled A Necessary Measure. Relevant to MAJ Maurer’s study, after the Mexican War, General Winfield Scott’s occupation was such a model of excellence that Ulysses S….


Louisiana National Guard Continues Flood Response Missions

http://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/918383/louisiana-national-guard-continues-flood-response-missions Photo:  Louisiana National Guardsmen convoy to a boat launch to conduct search-and-rescue missions near Maurepas, La., Aug. 17, 2016. The Louisiana National Guard has been conducting flood response and recovery missions, as directed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, since Aug. 12. Louisiana Army National Guard photo by 1st Sgt….



CNN – Newly released US drone policy explains how targets can be chosen – 7 August 2016

“The Obama administration has released a previously [top] secret 18-page policy guidance document that lays out how potential drone targets may be chosen and approved and the President’s role in the decision-making process.” Read the full story: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/06/politics/obama-administration-drone-policy/ For the actual, declassified document, see: https://www.justice.gov/oip/foia-library/procedures_for_approving_direct_action_against_terrorist_targets/download For a related policy, see:…


MWI – To Study Modern War There is No Substitute For Going – 27 July 2016

http://warontherocks.com/2016/07/to-study-modern-war-there-is-no-substitute-for-going/ Our Nation’s future leaders are fortunate indeed to have seasoned, sage leader-mentors at West Point, especially the Modern War Institute! Generations of commissioned officers have done what is known as the “staff ride” with the goal of studying and learning from war. First Printed in 1987, most recently reprinted…


BBC News: Panama launches investigation into 1989 US invasion – 22 July 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36852120 The government in Panama has launched an investigation into the US invasion in 1989 that overthrew military strongman General Manuel Noriega and see: Govern, Kevin H., Sorting the Wolves from the Sheep (October 1, 2004). Military Police – PB 19-04-2, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2598769


The Report of the Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot Report) – 6 July 2016.

http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk and see: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/europe/chilcot-report.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share and see: Govern, Kevin H., Rethinking Rule of Law Efforts in Iraq (2007). JURIST Forum (http://jurist.law.pitt.edu), February 26, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2093497  


NYTimes: Drone Strike Statistics Answer Few Questions, and Raise Many – 4 July 2016

see also: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/01/fact-sheet-executive-order-us-policy-pre-post-strike-measures-address FACT SHEET: Executive Order on the US Policy on Pre & Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in the US Operations Involving the Use of Force & the DNI Release of Aggregate Data on Strike Outside Area of Active Hostilities whitehouse.gov