Recent & Past Publications

29 April 2019 – Congress Should Defund Hostilities in Yemen

https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/files/9360-yemen-policy-note-final-2pdf To maximize impact and reaffirm its war powers, as well as to end American complicity in a serious human rights catastrophe in Yemen, Congress must exercise its “power of the purse” and withhold appropriations for any military action in Yemen that is not related to defeating al- Qaeda. Defunding…

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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…


Defense One – The US Is Drifting Toward War With a NATO Ally – 14 February 2018

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/02/us-drifting-toward-war-nato-ally/145979/ 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…


NYT – The Post-Literate President’s Daily Brief – 9 February 2018

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/breaking-with-tradition-trump-skips-presidents-written-intelligence-report-for-oral-briefings/2018/02/09/b7ba569e-0c52-11e8-95a5-c396801049ef_story.html?utm_term=.46f981c0f282 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

  https://admin.govexec.com/media/gbc/docs/pdfs_edit/2018_nuclear_posture_review_-_final_report.pdf   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. https://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/RGSD400.html https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/rgs_dissertations/RGSD400/RGSD400/RAND_RGSD400.pdf


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 https://history.army.mil/html/books/just_cause/CMH_55-1-1_Just_%20Cause_opt.pdf And See Govern, Sorting the Wolves From The Sheep http://www.wood.army.mil/engrmag/pdfs/Oct%2004%20pdfs/Govern.pdf  



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