Recent & Past Publications

Defense One – The US Is Drifting Toward War With a NATO Ally – 14 February 2018 Putin’s unchecked courtship of Erdoğan increases the risks associated with any military response to Assad’s war crimes, continued Turkish aggression, or Iranian entrenchment in Syria. The U.S. and NATO should take Turkey to task for any actions that are detrimental to NATO’s mutual defense goals.  Concurrently, Turkey must be…

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NYT – The Post-Literate President’s Daily Brief – 9 February 2018 For much of the past year, President Trump has declined to participate in a practice followed by the past seven of his predecessors: He rarely if ever reads the President’s Daily Brief, a document that lays out the most pressing information collected by U.S. intelligence agencies from hot spots…

2018 Nuclear Posture Review – 2 February 2018   President Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review released Friday shows greater willingness to use nukes first, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The document said the U.S. will develop for deployment a “low-yield” nuclear warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It also shows the U.S. plans to “strengthen the…

RAND – Deterring Space War An Exploratory Analysis Incorporating Prospect Theory into a Game Theoretic Model of Space Warfare – 21 December 2017

This dissertation uses a game theoretic model of space war to examine how sentiments in multiple dimensions impact state decisions regarding whether to expand a ground war into the space domain.

This Day In History – Operation Just Cause – 20 December 1989

Govern, Officer Professional Development – Operation Just Cause (Enhanced Graphics) – PDF OPD – justcauseliberygraphics-enhanced v3 And See Yates, The U.S. Military Intervention in Panama And See Govern, Sorting the Wolves From The Sheep  

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

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