Robert Chesney

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Bobby Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. He also serves as the Director of UT-Austin's interdisciplinary research center the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. His scholarship encompasses a wide range of issues relating to national security and the law, including detention, targeting, prosecution, covert action, and the state secrets privilege; most of it is posted here. Along with Ben Wittes and Jack Goldsmith, he is one of the co-founders of the blog.

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Cybersecurity and Deterrence

Offensive Cyber Operations and the Interagency Process: What’s at Stake With the New Trump Policy

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal’s Dustin Volz reported that President Trump has altered the interagency process for vetting offensive cyber operations. We do not have the full details yet, but it appears to be the culmination of long-running efforts to make it easier and quicker to conduct such activities.  Here’s a roadmap of some of the key interests and issues at stake.

Podcasts

The National Security Law Podcast: Party Like It’s June 28, 2004!

It had to happen sooner or later: an actual slow week for national security law!  Ugh!  Well, time to make lemonade from the lemons.  A slow week in NSL news means that we can take a run at a format that we originally expected to be a mainstay for the show: a deep-dive into a single significant development.

The National Security Law Podcast

The National Security Law Podcast: [Steve] Is the Kiss of Death

Welcome to the latest National Security Law Podcast episode.  Though Steve and Bobby both have been moonlighting (here is Steve on the Lawfare Podcast and here’s Bobby on the Cyber Law Podcast), there’s no place like home, and both are back in the studio this morning to recount and debate the latest national security legal develop

Miscellaneous

Announcing the 9th National Security Law Workshop

We are excited to announce the Ninth National Security Law Workshop! We will be holding the ninth National Security Law Workshop September 27-28, 2018 at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA. This unique event brings civilian law faculty, Judge Advocates, ICRC representatives, and other government legal advisers together for two days of dialogue on national security law topics.