Recent & Past Publications

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



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  



Current Events and Policy Involving North Korea – 1 August 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/politics/north-korea-ejection-test-submarine-activity/index.html https://www.google.com/amp/www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/amp/sen-lindsey-graham-trump-says-war-north-korea-option-n788396 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/trump-vows-all-necessary-measures-to-protect-allies-from-n-korea-says-abe https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1AG04F And for some perspective from the Congressuonal Research Service (CRS): https://fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R41259.pdf and CRS reports And https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/07/a-surgical-strike-against-north-korea-not-a-viable.html?adbsc=social_20170809_1721471&adbid=895299134793502724&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453


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 – 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…