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This Day In History – Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services – 26 July 1948 and 2017

https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=84# On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed this executive order establishing the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, committing the government to integrating the segregated military. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump https://www.gop.gov/american-heroes-week1/ On July 26, 2017, President Donald J. Trump tweeted the following during American…


Lawfare – Federal Prosecution is a Viable Option for Enemy Combatants – 24 July 2017

https://www.lawfareblog.com/federal-prosecution-viable-option-enemy-combatants By Mary B. McCord Monday, July 24, 2017, 2:19 PM “It is true, of course, that the United States will not have an Article III option in every case in which it has the opportunity to take custody of an enemy combatant. Law enforcement officials may lack the quantum…



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 https://warontherocks.com/2017/07/strategic-guidance-for-countering-the-proliferation-of-strategic-guidance/ “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…



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…


CERL – Journalistic Ethics and the National Security State: Transparency and the Rule of Law in Democratic Societies – 9-11 November 2017

https://www.law.upenn.edu/newsevents/calendar.php#!event_id/54742/view/event Democratic governance depends on an engaged and educated public, to which transparency and access to accurate information are essential. At the same time, effective national security has always relied on secrecy and the ability control sensitive information. Journalists and the public at large all understand that there is a…


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….


CERL Presents: Foreign Interference with Democratic Institutions featuring the 2017 Haaga Lecture – 18 April 2017

This event will be webcast beginning at 12:30pm ET on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Please click here to watch the live stream at that time: https://pennlaw.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Embed.aspx?id=e2128eb1-0b5b-4022-beac-3814d7edf130 https://www.law.upenn.edu/institutes/cerl/conferences/foreigninterference/ The discovery of widespread attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election in the U.S. on the part of the Russians has sent shockwaves…