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 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:

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) “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 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:  

Current Events and Policy Involving North Korea – 1 August 2017 And for some perspective from the Congressuonal Research Service (CRS): and CRS reports And

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 “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 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: “Normative violations of the nonpartisan ethic by members of the military might not grab headlines like the Marines United scandal, but both have…