The Perils of Congressional Interference in Military Sexual Assault Cases



By Claire Rumler – Sexual assault has been a longstanding issue in the various branches of the United States military forces. In early March, Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair avoided brig time after pleading guilty to adultery and mistreatment of one of his accusers. Per the plea agreement, the sexual assault and sodomy charges against […]



NSAC Member James Slater Advocates to the United Nations Human Rights Committee



Three students from Miami Law’s Human Rights Clinic traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in hearings and briefings in front of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The committee had gathered to review the United States’ compliance with its treaty obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty that the United States […]



The New March Madness: Congress, the Executive Agencies, and the Uncertain Future of American Surveillance



By Chris Pawlik – March 2014 was a whirlwind of a month for those within the United States intelligence community. Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers, President Barack Obama’s nominee, to replace General Keith as the 17th Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testified for the first time before the Senate armed services committee. Later that same day, Senator Diane […]



Modern Day Border Changing: The Importance of National Sovereignty



By Nicholas Esser – For the past few weeks the world has anxiously been following the events occurring in Ukraine. It is indisputable that Russia, led by President Putin, has greatly disturbed the inhabitants and the borders of Ukraine. This gives rise to a few important questions. In an age in which borders have remained […]

CURRENT ISSUE: Summer 2013



Sun Tzu’s Battle for Your Footnotes: The Emergent Role of Libraries in Judicial Warefare



BY MARK MCCARY - This paper posits that libraries—specifically science and technology libraries—have emerged on the international scene as a critical source of soft power—non-military power. Public and private entities can leverage a library’s digital resources to accelerate the development of critical technologies through horizon scanning, targeting, early warning, alert services, digital exploitation, and cross-domain delivery. Library resources play a key role in strengthening the research capabilities of public and private entities. However, current library trends threaten cutting-edge proprietary research intended for only very private audiences.
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Non-State Armed Groups and Technology: The Humanitarian Tragedy at Our Doorstep?



BY COLONEL DAVE WALLACE & MAJOR SHANE REEVES — Technological advances are altering the contemporary asymmetric conflicts between non-state armed groups and state actors. This article discusses the humanitarian consequences of these changing conflicts by first illustrating the dangers posed by non-state armed groups gaining access to advanced technologies. A subsequent examination of the increasing ability of non-state armed groups to use new technologies, such as cyber operations, to mitigate state actor advantages and the resultant risks to civilian populations follows. Read More



The Eyes of the World: Charges, Challenges, and Guantánamo Military Commissions After Hamdan II



BY CHRISTINA M. FROHOCK — Guantánamo military commissions are under a spotlight, scrutinized by the judiciary and the public. Just the word “Guantánamo” can trigger impassioned reactions from both advocates and detractors. This Article takes a measured view, examining a recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Hamdan v. United States (“Hamdan II”), that speaks to the legitimacy of military commissions convened in Guantánamo to try the September 11th defendants and others. Read More