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AUMFIslamic StateWednesday, September 17, 2014

POLICY BRIEF: Navigating an AUMF for the Islamic State

Navigating an AUMF for the Islamic State: Toward a High-Standard Authorization Policy Brief by Bill French and J. Dana Stuster September 18, 2014 Policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch are rightfully focused on addressing the threat posed by the Islamic State. The White House maintains that it already possesses the legal authority for armed conflict against the Islamic State under the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF). This view is mistaken, and has received a critical reception from legal experts and members of Congress, some of whom have called for a new AUMF. In the past week, several new authorizations have already been proposed. If Congress is to authorize the armed conflict, lawmakers should use this opportunity to construct a… Read More ›

IraqWednesday, September 17, 2014

National Security Network Quoted by Project on Defense Alternatives

Washington Leads with Militarized Responses September 17, 2014 | Project on Defense Alternatives Budget Effects Proponents of increasing the DoD budget have been busy ‘making hay’ from the ISIS and Putin threats.  The National Security Network has a good summary of why new military activities in the Middle East do not require additional defense spending: “The President’s campaign against the Islamic State has revived debate over the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps on Department of Defense spending. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said last Friday, ‘If we don’t replace the cuts in sequestration, we’re going to compromise our ability to be successful against [the Islamic State] and other emerging threats,’ and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shared similar views, saying, ‘I know that if we don’t, we… Read More ›

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