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CNN – Chinese military lasers injure US military pilots in Africa – 3 May 2018

  https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/03/politics/chinese-lasers-us-military-pilots-africa/index.html If true this targeting would violate the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, Protocol IV of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, issued by the United Nations on 13 October 1995. It came into force on 30 July 1998.  As of the end of April 2018, the protocol had been agreed…


Book Review / Commentary on The Road Not Taken – Musings of an old Special Ops JAG on Military Legitimacy – 15 January 2018

Musings of an old Special Ops JAG on Military Legitimacy By Rudy Barnes, Jr.             Max Boot has published a new book, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. MG Lansdale, who miscast by Graham Greene as The Quiet American, was an inspiration to me…


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  




The Diplomat – China’s Maritime Operation: The ‘Gray Zone’ in Black and White – 18 May 2017

Image Credit: China Defense Blog http://thediplomat.com/2017/05/chinas-maritime-operation-the-gray-zone-in-black-and-white/ There is no problem in the “gray zone” because the “gray zone” does not exist. By Ben Lowsen May 18, 2017 “Much has been made lately of China’s maritime operations in the “gray zone,” referring to operations achieving military objectives like island seizure while…


SEALS – WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL & COMPARATIVE LAW – 05 August 2017- Crises of Nonintervention: The Gordian Knot of PRK and the Gushing Wound of Syria

http://sealslawschools.org/ Crises of Nonintervention: The Gordian Knot of PRK and the Gushing Wound of Syria, 1:00-2:45 pm Moderator: Professor Hannibal Travis, Florida International University College of Law Speakers: Professor Margaret deGuzman, Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law; Professor Kevin Govern, Ave Maria School of Law; Professor Mark David Maxwell, University of North Carolina…


WSJ – Pentagon Ramps Up Space Warfare Effort – 26 April 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-ramps-up-space-warfare-effort-1493199003 Gen. John Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee that ‘we must prepare for a conflict that extends into space’ through defensive measures, but also by building ‘an offensive capability to challenge’ adversaries. PHOTO: YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS . By Andy Pasztor The Wall Street Journal April 26, 2017 5:30 a.m….


Holocaust Remembrance Day – Memory of Justice – 24 APR 2017

https://www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembrance/remembrance-day-calendar Dear Friends: As millions have observed Pesach and Easter around the world, freedom from societal and personal enslavement, and renewal of hope and spirituality, we have a multi-faith, multi cultural event and a remembrance captured on film worth noting. The 1976 documentary “The Memory of Justice” is newly restored…


Just Security – What Do Top Legal Experts Say About the Syria Strikes? – 7 April 2017

https://www.justsecurity.org/39712/top-legal-experts-syria-strikes/ “[Just Security] asked several of the very top legal minds about their views concerning Thursday night’s airstrikes by the United States in response to the Syrian government’s reported use of chemical weapons.  [They] have provided their verbatim responses … and will be adding more.” and for a brief video (albeit…