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New York Times – A Tillerson Slip Offers a Peek Into Secret Planning on North Korea -17 December 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/tillerson-north-korea-china.html This is a breathtaking public acknowledgement by a senior US Government official, notwithstanding OCT 2017 reportage that: North Korean hackers were reportedly able to obtain a copy of the U.S. military’s OPLAN 5015. This is a detailed outline for what has been described as a “decapitation strike,” that would,…


9-10 November 2017 – UPenn CERL Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroads of Journalism and National Security

  Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroads of Journalism and National Security  Co-hosted by CERL and the Annenberg School for Communication, the roundtable conference will convene academics, analysts, and practitioners from fields as diverse as law, journalism, media, public policy, philosophy, national security, and others to explore some of…


2017-18 Military Legitimacy Award Competition Announcement

The Barnes-Wall Foundation of South Carolina is again soliciting nominations for the following awards to deserving scholars: The foundation will consider providing a Military Legitimacy Review Award ($500.00) to the best paper on a topic related to military legitimacy, as well as the additional category of a Military Scholarship Award…




CERL – North Korea: Bargaining in the Shadow of Armed Conflict – 11 October 2017

https://www.law.upenn.edu/newsevents/calendar.php#!event_id/55177/view/event October 11, 2017 North Korea: Bargaining in the Shadow of Armed Conflict Time: 1:00pm – 6:30pm Location: Perry World House Event Website https://www.law.upenn.edu/institutes/cerl/conferences/shadowofarmedconflict/ Please RSVP below. https://www.law.upenn.edu/newsevents/calendar.php#!event_id/55177/view/event This program has been approved for 4.5 CLE ethics credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as…


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


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



War on the Rocks – ARE CYBER WEAPONS TOO DANGEROUS TO USE? – 22 August 2017

https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/are-cyber-weapons-too-dangerous-to-use/ The upshot is that it is possible for states to go on the offensive in cyberspace without undermining cybersecurity. Unlike ice-nine, the tools the United States creates to fight in this realm do not appear, at least so far, to be uncontrollable. There may be good reasons to eschew…