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The Army Lawyer | Issue 5 2020 The Army Lawyer | Issue 5 2020

Reporting Misconduct

The Judge Advocate General (TJAG) expects the daily actions of every member of the Judge Advocate Legal Services (JALS) to reflect an unwavering commitment to the highest standards of ethical...

COVID-19 Response in the Indo-Pacific Theater

Judge advocates (JAs) are frequently asked to compile a comprehensive list of all of a commander’s authorities—this is not an easy task. Judge advocates know that authorities are derived from a...

An Officer and a Dean William & Mary's New Law Dean a JAGC Captain

L ast spring, A. Benjamin Spencer, a judge advocate captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and a nationally-renowned civil procedure and federal courts expert, was appointed Dean of the William and...

Revising the Exclusionary Rule

Justice Ginsburg’s dissent champions what she describes as “‘a more majestic conception’ of...the exclusionary rule,” which would exclude evidence even where deterrence does not justify doing...

Space Law What It Is and Why It Matters

I rresistible to pun lovers and self-styled comedians, the words “space law” can elicit a variety of reactions: curiosity, humor, or even confusion. Upon telling fellow Army professionals of my...

The Plea of Necessity and Cyber Warfare

A strict observance of the written law is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in...

Modernizing Through Innovative Acquisition

To succeed in the emerging security environment, our Department and Joint Force will have to out-think, out-maneuver, out-partner, and out-innovate revisionist powers, rogue regimes,...

On Becoming a Versatile Paralegal

13 March 2020 started like any other day. I went on a long run that would energize me. I prepared for my last day of class, where I would re-certify as a military instructor. Everything was...

Disciplined Entrepreneurship

As the primary attorney to Army Applications Lab (AAL), Army Futures Command’s tech-focused outreach organization, I began a curated professional development program to understand how a...

Notable Revisions of Army Regulation 600-20

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. 1 After almost three years of staffing, on 24 July 2020, the U.S. Army updated the previous version of Army Regulation (AR)...

HIV and Converging Policies

Like a busy intersection, it is difficult to navigate the varied military policies that govern medical accessions, standards of medical fitness for continued service, separation of...

Administrative Actions with a Counterintelligence Twist

When there is a military justice action—whether court-martial, Article 15, or reprimand—our Corps is well-versed in the follow-on actions required. From post-trial procedures to administrative...

Demystifying the Promotion Review Board

The Promotion Review Board Mystery Promotion Review Boards (PRBs) are not widely understood throughout the Army. Unlike other Army actions, for which an officer can reach out to peers and...

Cross-Functional Teams for the Future

The Army is on the precipice of a fundamental shift. Modernization will displace readiness as the Army’s top priority in 2022. 1 To be clear, readiness will remain an important line of effort...

War Crimes in Sicily Sergeant West Captain Compton and the Murder of Prisoners of War in 1943

Q: Do you know anything about some prisoners shot on July 14, near the Biscari Airfield? A: (Captain Compton): Yes, sir. … Q: What order did you give concerning the shooting of...

War Criminal Paroled Horace T. West and the Final Chapter of the Biscari Massacre

In February 1945, United Press International (UPI) war correspondent Robert Vermillion visited the positions of the 100th Infantry Division in Alsace—near Bitch é , France. His intent was to...

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The Opportunities of Modernization

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. —William Pollard Upon entering an institute of higher education, pay attention—can you feel the difference between a place where minds expand freely toward solutions and inventions as yet unknown and a place where relative success has stagnated growth and dulled mental sharpness? Educational institutions and research centers must understand...

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