Thursday, June 23, 2016

There Are Currently About 280 U.S. Military Lawyers Overseeing All Proposed U.S. Combat Missions

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Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: At Least 280 Military Lawyers Scrutinize US Military Operations, Often In Real Time

U.S. military commanders must deal with at least 280 military lawyers overseeing their decisions and scrutinizing the legality all proposed U.S. combat missions before they are authorized, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

The number appears to be the first comprehensive compilation of the number of lawyers assigned at the headquarter levels. They provide often real-time legal advice to military commanders about the “laws of war” and rules of engagement for all U.S. military strikes, counter-terror operations and rescue missions.

Critics have charged that, as the number of lawyers in the military has swelled, lawyers are trumping commanders about military strategy and operations. Others contend that the growth in military lawyers reflects the risk-adverse nature of the Obama administration on military matters.

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WNU Editor: These 280 lawyers do not include attorneys assigned at or below the battalion level, nor does it include lawyers or judges who oversee criminal acts committed by uniformed personnel under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. A few months ago I asked someone that I know in Moscow who is knowledgeable about Russian military operations on how many lawyers do they have that oversee Russian military operations. His answer .... none. Their past experience with lawyers in combat was more in the form of political officers overseeing military operations .... and that has been deemed as a disaster. And while there are probably lawyers in the Russian military .... military operations are conducted and overseen by military officers following specific rules of engagement (but not as detailed as what the Americans must follow), and they do so with the backing (and direction) from their political masters in the Kremlin.

6 comments:

drakejax1 said...

The Soviets had Commissars. The US has multiple "commissars" to include the lawyers as well as a host of other single-issue commissars (safety, EO, sexual harassment, environmental, etc.). We'd be better copying Soviet zampolit system to at least reduce the confusion and bureaucracy.

War News Updates Editor said...

Commissars .... now that is a term that I have not heard in a long time.

Anonymous said...

So how is it that these 280 lawyers agree that the US war in Syria is even legal in the first place?

Aizino Smith said...

So if these lawyers are uniformed or were uniformed, the can run for political office as a 'veteran' after manning a desk in the Washington Green zone.

Anonymous said...

Just another way to rob the American people

Jay Farquharson said...

Maybe the Lawyer's can win all the wars that the US Military can't.