Saturday, 4 April 2020

W. Hays Parks and the Law of War

DoD Photo (Archive): W. Hays Parks discusses issues related to the Geneva Convention with reporters at the Pentagon on April 7, 2003.

By Major R. Scott Adams. W. Hays Parks’ work deserves serious study by judge advocates today. His work provides insight, both as a challenge to modern-day thinking, and as a plethora of practical guides to important areas of international humanitarian law.

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AFJAGS Podcast, Episode 8

AFJAGS Podcast, Episode 8 with Captain Thomas Govan

Episode 8: Part two of a 2-part interview with Captain Thomas Govan. In Part 2, we dive into Captain Govan's experience in oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and some of his main takeaways.

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AFJAGS Podcast, Episode 7

AFJAGS Podcast, Episode 7 with Captain Thomas Govan

Episode 7: Part one of a 2-part interview with Captain Thomas Govan on his experience in successfully arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court. In this first part, we discuss an overview of the case, how Captain Govan became involved and selected to present oral argument, and the preparation he took leading up to the day of oral argument.

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Gone Fishin’

Photo fishing on the lake at sunset. Photo ©

By Capt James Woodruff II. Opposing counsel routinely ask for personnel documents…In this article, we’ll walk through what we do at the Labor Law Field Support Center, how we typically interact with the office that receives a request and help to alleviate cumbersome “fishin’ expeditions”....

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AC-130U "Spooky" Gunship

By Lt Col Jason DeSon. Many military lawyers might believe they are only in the arena when they are in the courtroom. Nothing can be further from the truth—especially for the operational lawyer.

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Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime

Book Review

Book Review by Capt Matthew Blyth. During times of war as passions rise and threats loom, both government and citizens take actions that, with the benefit of hindsight, exceed necessity and threaten individual liberties. Stone’s compelling argument offers timeless lessons for legal professionals about the intersection of free expression and national security.

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Modified illustration © Chiosea Barriers faced by military spouses in their careers. Vector of military spouses lagging behind in their career growth and divided by PCS gap.

By Lt Col Charlton Meginley. Professional military spouses are more than dependents. Many have more education, higher earning potential, and job satisfaction than their military spouse. Yet, most are often forced to quit their job and start over in the new PCS location.

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AFJAGS Podcast, Episode 6

AFJAGS Podcast, Episode 6 with Colonel Jeremy Weber

Episode 6: Interview with Colonel Jeremy Weber on “Law as an Instrument of National Power” where we tackle the connection between the strategic and tactical levels on this topic. We also discuss the 2020 National Security Law writing competition including eligibility, its new and shorter format, expanded cash prizes, and some tips on topic selection and writing.

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The Captain’s Choice

3 faces (frowning, neutral, and smiling) with check boxes next to them. Checkmark next to the smiling face.

By Lt Col Matthew Dunham. A leadership lesson in attitude. You can’t always control what happens around you, or even to you, but in every situation you always have a choice to make.

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