Military

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….



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NYT – North Africa’s Next War – 16 January 2017

“With North Africa still stunned by the destabilizations of the Arab Spring, and conflicts in Mali and Libya continuing, there is no appetite in neighboring countries for a new outbreak of war over Western Sahara. Nevertheless, over the past year I have heard Algerian officials and both Western and African…


NYT: Obama Orders Intelligence Report on Russian Election Hacking – 10 December 2016

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/us/obama-russia-election-hack.html “When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country. We reserve the right to use all necessary means — diplomatic, informational, military, and economic — as appropriate and consistent with applicable international law, in order to…


Guardian – Investigation into alleged abuses by British troops in Iraq could end after lawyer admits professional misconduct – 8 December 2016

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/08/investigation-alleged-abuses-british-troops-iraq-could-end-lawyer/ The Guardian reports that “[a]controversial investigation into alleged abuses by British troops in Iraq faces being wound up after the lawyer who brought the vast majority of the cases admitted 18 professional misconduct charges.” “Phil Shiner was tonight called on to apologise to British troops whose lives have been…


Policy – President Obama Delivers Remarks on the Administration’s Approach to Counterterrorism – 6 December 2016

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehouse.gov%2Flive%2Fpresident-obama-delivers-remarks-administrations-approach-counterterrorism&data=01%7C01%7CBoardCERL%40law.upenn.edu%7C0e414bebb4864c3301cf08d41e1d270e%7C6cf568beb84a4e319df6359907586b27%7C1&sdata=C2CXI4eCP24wzAUUO7qAlX1t7c4jkBnRlg9Pzo%2BaKro%3D&reserved=0   President Obama will speak at MacDill Air Force Base, home to forces that have been crucial to his fight against extremists and to efforts to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And see this 61 pp REPORT ON THE LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORKS GUIDING THE UNITED…



MWI’s Andrew Bacevich Criticizes U.S. Military Forays in Middle East – 29 September 2016

“MWI’s Andrew Bacevich Criticizes U.S. Military Forays in Middle East. Speaking to cadets and faculty, MWI Adjunct Scholar Andrew Bacevich gives a blistering critique of U.S. military interventionism in the greater Middle East.” For Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2015, please see: https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42738.pdf and see Military…


MWI – Who Should We Save?: On Perilous Judgments and Military Moral Thought – 5 September 2016

http://www.mwi.usma.edu/save-perilous-judgments-military-moral-thought/ and see: Govern, Kevin H., The Legal Way Ahead Between War And Peace (Chapter 16) (2008). Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict Law: A Guide to the Issues, Edited by David K. Linnan (Praeger 2008). Available at SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2093449


NYT – Air Force, Running Low on Drone Pilots, Turns to Contractors in Terror Fight – 5 September 2016

Ihttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/us/air-force-drones-terrorism-isis.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share “The Pentagon is increasingly relying on private contractors to operate drones for reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.” See also: Govern, Kevin H. and Schlager, Scott A, ‘Guns for Hire, Death on Demand’: The Permissibility of U.S. Outsourcing of Drone Attacks to Civilian Surrogates of the Armed Forces and…