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Air Force General Counsel Blog

Air Force General Counsel Blog

Covers legal issues faced by military lawyers, including the law of armed conflict, cyberlaw, military justice, and international law.

http://afgeneralcounsel.dodlive.mil/
  • Apr 2

    Signing Off

    Signing Off
    As our readers are no doubt aware, in recent months the Air Force has announced significant reductions to manpower and personnel, and our office is not exempt from these reductions. Due to reduced resources, the General Counsel's office is…
  • Apr 1

    And the Band Played On – Climate Change and Climate Adaptation

    And the Band Played On – Climate Change and Climate Adaptation
    Two public events involving climate change and national defense coincided this week. The first involves Secretary of Defense Hagel and USAID Administrator Shah highlighting climate change's role in increasing regional political instability…
  • Mar 28

    “milCloud” – Competing against the Private Sector?

    “milCloud” – Competing against the Private Sector?
    On March 18, the Defense Information Systems Agency (“DISA”) announced the milCloud service, a government-operated cloud tailored to DoD needs. Two computing centers have implemented milCloud for DoD’s unclassified network…
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Armillary Observations

Armillary Observations

Focuses on appellate law and military law.

http://hlime.wordpress.com
  • Mar 24

    Defense: Planet of Giant

    Defense: Planet of Giant
    Planet of Giants came out last September on DVD, allowing us to inaugurate the second season in proper fashion. This serial may seem a poor candidate for the defense, as its relative lack of action and plodding dialogue meant that ……
  • Mar 24

    Defense: Planet of Giant

    Defense: Planet of Giant
    Planet of Giants came out last September on DVD, allowing us to inaugurate the second season in proper fashion. This serial may seem a poor candidate for the defense, as its relative lack of action and plodding dialogue meant that even its…
  • Mar 23

    Prosecution: The Myth Maker

    Prosecution: The Myth Maker
    Hello again, Mithradates here, and back on the job, sans my erstwhile partner. While I catch up on old reviews, I am continuing forward from my last stopping point, and have decided to post my impressions while they are still ……
Rank this Week: 1902

Burn Pit Claims

Burn Pit Claims

An analysis of trends and developments of claims arising out of exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan to burn pits. By Jon L. Gelman.

http://burnpitclaims.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 9

    New VA Registry Report Finds Diseases Reported From Burn Pit Exposure

    New VA Registry Report Finds Diseases Reported From Burn Pit Exposure
    The US Veterans Administration reports, in a just released follow-up report, that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are reporting increased pulmonary complains, cancers and liver conditions. The Veterans participating in…
  • May 3

    Assessment Continues of VA Burn Pit Registry Data

    Assessment Continues of VA Burn Pit Registry Data
    The Institute of Medicine IOM) convened an ad hoc committee to provide recommendations on collecting, maintaining, and monitoring information collected by the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry…
  • May 1

    VA Releases Initial Findings of Burn Pit Registry

    VA Releases Initial Findings of Burn Pit Registry
    The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released an initial report concerning data reported to the Open Burn Registry. The VA's initial review of the data found the following:The vast majority(at 96%) of registry…
Rank this Week: 1900

CAAFlog

CAAFlog

Covers military justice appellate practice.

http://caaflog.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 27

    You can’t prosecute a machine

    You can’t prosecute a machine
    o it’s not a military justice story… yet. Over at Opinio Juris they’re talking about the brand new DoD Directive 3000.09 dated November 21, 2012: Autonomy in Weapon Systems. 4. POLICY. It is DoD policy that:
  • Nov 27

    CAAF issues order to AFCCA in Carter

    CAAF issues order to AFCCA in Carter
    CAAF today issued this order to AFCCA arising from the second petition for extraordinary relief in Carter v.
  • Nov 27

    Top Ten Military Justice Stories Time Again

    Top Ten Military Justice Stories Time Again
    Going to try something novel this year.  I am taking noinations for the Top Ten Military Justice Stories of 2012.  Leave comments on this post or on our Facebook page, here, with your nominations.  Much like all those reality shows, the…
Rank this Week: 115

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Covers military law for trial practitioners and military members. By The Law Office of Philip D. Cave.

http://www.court-martial-ucmj.com/
  • Jul 27

    Quote of the day-week-year

    Quote of the day-week-year
    Sixty years after Congress created the UCMJ to protect accused servicemembers from abusive and arbitrary punishment, a significant faction in Congress now believes it must be almost completely dismantled and restructured because is is not…
  • Jul 27

    Worth the Read from Military Law Review

    Worth the Read from Military Law Review
    There are some interesting articles for military justice practitioners in the Summer 2015, MLR. Barracks, Dormitories, and Capitol Hill: Finding Justice in the Divergent Politics of Military and College Sexual Assault Rudderless: 15 Years and…
  • Jul 25

    I thought prosecutors knew they couldn’t comment on exercise of right to silence

    I thought prosecutors knew they couldn’t comment on exercise of right to silence
    At trial, the Government repeatedly sought to use Edwards’s silence after he was Mirandized as substantive proof of guilt as well as for impeachment purposes. Over Edwards’s objection, the Government emphasized in its closing that…
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Dreadnaught

Dreadnaught

Covers military law.

http://dreadnaught.wordpress.com
  • Aug 13

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2
    The Spyderco Para-Military 2 has four positions for the mounting of the clip.  To change the clip to another position you will need a T7 Torx screwdriver. I ordered mine from Amazon.com.  The total price for a 6-piece set was $5.31 plus…
  • Aug 13

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2
    The Spyderco Para-Military 2 has four positions for the mounting of the clip.  To change the clip to another position you will need a T7 Torx screwdriver. I ordered mine from Amazon.com.  The total price for a 6-piece set was…
  • Apr 24

    Why President Obama Will Not Close Guantanamo Bay

    Why President Obama Will Not Close Guantanamo Bay
    As regular readers of Dreadnaught will recall, President Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay within one year.  Then the president learned that it may not be so easy to close.  Congress then opposed the closing and withheld the necessary…
Rank this Week: 428

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
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Hill & Ponton Blog

Hill & Ponton Blog

Covers social security and veterans disability law.

http://www.hillandponton.com/blog/
  • Jul 30

    VA Reductions – What the VA Can & Cannot Do When Reducing a Rating

    VA Reductions – What the VA Can & Cannot Do When Reducing a Rating
    When it comes to assigning rates to a condition, the VA is held to very strict regulations. This is meant to help minimize the amount of errors in assigning ratings. Of course, we all know that mistakes happen – a lot. The same goes for…
  • Jul 29

    Combat Veterans – Proving Combat Status & Service Connection

    Combat Veterans – Proving Combat Status & Service Connection
    Combat veterans receive favorable treatment when it comes to proving that their disability was the result of an in-service occurrence or aggravation of a pre-existing disease or injury (the second element for service connection). The reason…
  • Jul 28

    VA Individual Unemployability – Tips to Filling out the VA 21-8940 (PART 1)

    VA Individual Unemployability – Tips to Filling out the VA 21-8940 (PART 1)
    The VA’s application for Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU or just IU) is one of the hardest VA forms to fill out. The first page is the worst part. It seems like the VA is asking you for more information than you…
Rank this Week: 2069

Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and…

Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Covers international laws of war, international law, related human rights topics, international NGOs, and the theory of the just war. By Professor Kenneth Anderson.

http://kennethandersonlawofwar.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 520

Lawfare

Lawfare

Coveres actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions, including cybersecurity, Guantánamo habeas litigation, targeted killing, biosecurity, universal jurisdiction, the Alien Tort Statute, and the state secrets privilege. By Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmith and Robert Chesney.

http://www.lawfareblog.com/
  • Jul 30

    Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Ayman al-Zawahiri is having a bad day.  Bad days are not rare for Ayman of late.  It sucks to try to follow in Osama Bin Laden’s footsteps. Ayman was always the brains behind operation, so when the Big O finally relocated…
  • Jul 30

    Today's Headlines and Commentary

    Today's Headlines and Commentary
    It’s official. Afghan Taliban sources have confirmed to Al Jazeera that its leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, is dead. The U.S. government says it considers the report of Omar’s death to be credible. The Afghan intelligence service…
  • Jul 30

    Back Doors Won't Solve Comey's Going Dark Problem

    Back Doors Won't Solve Comey's Going Dark Problem
    At the Aspen Security Forum last week, FBI Director James Comey (and others) explicitly talked about the "going dark" problem, describing the specific scenario they are concerned about. Maybe others have heard the scenario before, but it…
Rank this Week: 69

Military Medical Malpractice Blog

Military Medical Malpractice Blog

Covers the Federal Tort Claims Act, Military Claims Act, military malpractice, military negligence and VA hospitals.

http://www.militarymedicalmalpracticeblog.com
  • Feb 5

    Medical Malpractice Claims by United States Veterans Continue to Rise

    Medical Malpractice Claims by United States Veterans Continue to Rise
    As thousands of soldiers returned home from overseas in recent years, American taxpayers have paid more not just for veterans’ medical care but for a surge in malpractice claims against veterans hospitals. Settlements and court…
  • Mar 20

    U.S. Soldier Kills Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan & The Foreign Claims Act

    U.S. Soldier Kills Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan & The Foreign Claims Act
    The recent horrendous murder of innocent civilians, including women and children, by an Army soldier in Afghanistan raises many questions as to how the United States will proceed once its investigation is completed.  One of those questions…
  • Mar 8

    36 U.S. and NATO Troops Killed by Rogue Afghan Soldiers in Last 13 Month

    36 U.S. and NATO Troops Killed by Rogue Afghan Soldiers in Last 13 Month
    A few weeks ago, two American Army officers were shot to death as they sat at their desks inside the Afghan Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, apparently by a rogue Afghan security officer.  The killer escaped and has not been…
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Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Covers VA benefits. By Serafini, Michalowski & Derkacz

http://www.militaryveteranattorney.com/
  • Jun 22

    Medicad Changes for Spouses at Home

    Medicad Changes for Spouses at Home
    Michigan Medicaid law is always evolving. Most changes will impact the ability for a family to become eligible to receive benefits to pay for the cost of nursing home care. A recent change creates a favorable planning opportunity for…
  • Jun 15

    Michigan Vietnam Vet

    Michigan Vietnam Vet
    Michigan Vietnam Veterans living in the Detroit and Grand Rapids areas often seek advice related to agent orange exposure. These claims are known as "service connected" disability claims. Following a change in law in August of 2010,…
  • Jun 2

    Michigan Elder Law and Long Term Care Planning

    Michigan Elder Law and Long Term Care Planning
    Have an IRA? Facing a long-term care planning situation? Or maybe you have a loved one with elder law needs? The biggest misconception for clients facing elder law issues is that Michigan elder law attorneys can only help veterans or…
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National Institute of Military…

National Institute of Military Justice

Covers courts-martial (domestic and international), law changes, military commissions and other items of interest to military law practitioners and scholars worldwide.

http://www.nimjblog.org/
  • Sep 21

    ACS

    ACS
    William Lietzau, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rule of Law and Detainee Policy, addresses the American Constitution Society's "9/11 at 10" symposium, marking t
  • Sep 11

    CAAFlog and NIMJ Blog Join Force

    CAAFlog and NIMJ Blog Join Force
    As of Sept. 12, 2011, the National Institute of Military Justice blog will join CAAFlog in a new blog venture, NIMJ blog CAAFlog.
  • Sep 10

    Action at the CMCR

    Action at the CMCR
    h/t Opinio Juris, Kevin Heller comments on, "CMCR invents the war crime of conspiracy," he begins:
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The JAG Hunter

The JAG Hunter

Covers legal deveopments involving the military and military personnel.

http://thejaghunter.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 219

Veterans' Disability Blog

Veterans' Disability Blog

Covers veterans benefits topics for disabled veterans in Colorado. By Spencer & Spencer, P.C.

http://2spencers.com/veterans-disability-blog
  • Jan 27

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?
    TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more…
  • Jan 27

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?
    TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more…
  • Jun 18

    Ask A Lawyer: How long will it take for the VA to respond to my appeal?

    Ask A Lawyer: How long will it take for the VA to respond to my appeal?
    Q: I was awarded a 10% disability in March 1910. I appealed it and they received the appeal on May 28th, 2010. It has been over 2 years since I have had any response. Is this normal? A: Two years with no response from the VA on a claim for…
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Whitcomb Law Blog

Whitcomb Law Blog

Covers government procurement.

http://whitcomblawpc.com/legal-blogs/
  • May 12

    Clearly Unreasonable Contracting Officer = Attorney’s Fees, Overhead, Profit and Interest

    Clearly Unreasonable Contracting Officer = Attorney’s Fees, Overhead, Profit and Interest
    What Should I Do If Faced with a Clearly Unreasonable Contracting Officer? Federal contracting officers have broad discretion – within the limitations and allowances of the FAR. But, contracting officers must respond in…
  • May 12

    Equitable Estoppel Defense to Intellectual Property Infringement Claims in International Trade

    Equitable Estoppel Defense to Intellectual Property Infringement Claims in International Trade
    Can an Equitable Estoppel Defense Win the Day in Intellectual Property Infringement Cases This blog post will be the first of a series dealing with this subject.  In completing my LLC (Master of Laws) in International Business…
  • May 12

    Copyrights and Work Done for Hire

    Copyrights and Work Done for Hire
    Work Created for My Employer Eligible for Copyrights? When you create a work that is normally protected by U.S. copyrights law, you normally assume that protection yourself, as the creator. But this is not always true. In the case of a…
Rank this Week: 4410

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston BRAC…

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston BRAC Blog

Covers the challenges and opportunities of Base Realignment and Closure ("BRAC") and its impact on the region's business community from a legal perspective

http://wtpbracblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 15

    Where Everyone Live

    Where Everyone Live
    This is where the Maryland BRAC-related job holders live.- Brad Aaron
  • Sep 15

    It's Over and Where We Go from Here

    It's Over and Where We Go from Here
    Well, today is the official end of BRAC 2005 and Maryland, while continuing to face many challenges from the consolidation, was an overall winner, gaining jobs (and a lot more traffic).While we will continue to follow the repercussions of…
  • Sep 9

    Ominous News for the Mark Center

    Ominous News for the Mark Center
    The Mark Center - which has been an ongoing source of controversy due to the projected inability of the surrounding transportation network to handle the additional BRAC traffic - is now the subject of a disturbing report regarding its…
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