National Security


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…




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



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…



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