The D.C. Circuit heard arguments in Al-Alwi v. Trump on March 20, considering the legality of the detention of Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi under statutory and constitutional authority.
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The due dates for reports required by the most recent National Defense Authorization Act have begun to arrive. We take a look at how the Trump administration has been responding.
The Trump administration has given Congress—and only Congress—an important new war powers report. We tracked it down in hard copy to have a look.
President Donald Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018. Read the conference report here and Lawfare's previous coverage highlighting parts of the bill here. The president's signining statement is below:
A summary of provisions in the proposed 2018 NDAA that Lawfare readers may want to know about.
The conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 was released on Nov. 9.
The Senate voted 61 to 36 on Wednesday to table Senator Paul Rand’s (R-KY) amendment to the 2018 NDAA, which would have repealed the 2001 and 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
Expanding Congressional Oversight of Kill/Capture Ops Conducted by the Military: Section 1036 of the NDAA
The 2017 NDAA contains interesting information on the little-known, emergent oversight architecture associated with kill/capture operations conducted by the military in locations other than areas of "theaters of major hostilities."
Oversight of DOD Kill-Capture Missions Outside Theaters of Major Hostilities: What May Change Under the Next NDAA?
Despite the substantial overlap between counterterrorism activities undertaken by the CIA and JSOC, we tend to pay a lot more attention to the details of the congressional oversight framework for the former as compared to the latter. The NDAA often addresses CT oversight relating to DOD activities, however, and this year is no exception. What follows below is an attempt to provide a user-friendly guide to the proposals on the table.
I. Increasing the pace of quarterly operational briefings regarding CT:
On November 25th, President Barack Obama signed the 2016 NDAA into law.