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One Thing the NDAA Would Have Done, and Might Yet Do: Tweaking the Lethal Ops Oversight Framework

Granted, the NDAA FY'16 has just been vetoed, and there probably aren't enough votes in Congress to override.  But should it be the case that a deal gets worked out on the budget squabble, we may well see a version of it signed into law eventually.  What else is interesting about it, besides the GTMO transfer constraints?

Iran

The Complicated Politics of the Iran Review Act (And Why I Think They Cut In Favor of the Act)

When critics of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act are confronted with the fact that the Act delays the President's ability to implement U.S. sanctions relief under the Iran Deal for 60 days, they sometimes switch to arguments about why the politics of the Act are nonetheless bad.  I am skeptical of the Deal, but I think the politics of the Review Act are good, on balance.  

targeted killing

Storifying the Oversight System for JSOC Kill/Capture Ops

I'm not certain this adds value, but I've decided to give Storify a shot.  My first shot at it uses the platform to pull together my posts on the ongoing development of the statutory regime for oversight of kill/capture ops conducted by the military outside of theaters of major ongoing hostilities, along with some accompanying commentary from others and links to news articles and the statute itself.  Not particularly different from my regular post here at Lawfare a few hours ago, but a different packaging.  My sense is this will be useful in some contexts much more than others.

Targeted Killings

Eliminating the Afghanistan Exception to the Oversight Regime for Military Kill/Capture Ops

A little-noticed provision of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 might expand Congressional oversight of kill/capture operations conducted by the U.S. military.  The change arguably reflects the ongoing process whereby U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is coming to resemble our involvement in Yemen and Somalia (and we now might add Libya), and constitutes the latest development in the long-running process whereby we are evolving a legal architecture for kinetic operations in situations that are not obviously full-fledged combat operations. 

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