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Military Affairs and Justice Committee

The Military Affairs and Justice Committee addresses legal and policy issues affecting the United States armed services and the operation of the Court of Military Justice. The Committee also awards medals to the top graduate in the JAG programs of the service academies and the law program at West Point.  The Committee's activities in recent years have included co-authoring reports and letters on such subjects as human rights standards applicable to the United States' interrogation of detainees, repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," and voting rights for service members; sending representatives to observe the military tribunal proceedings in Guantanamo; and hosting discussions with judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and with fellows from the Council on Foreign Affairs.

Recent Reports

Report in support of the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 (S.1752), which would change the designation of key decision-making authority for courts martial (February 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to the President of the Republic of Rwanda expressing concern over reports that the Rwandan Government is recruiting children under the age of 18 to support troops of the M23 rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (March 2013) 
( PDF ) 
Subject area: Child Soldiers

Letter to Congress regarding the Shaheen Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would extend military healthcare coverage for abortions in cases of rape or incest (November 2012) ( PDF )
Subject area: Military Healthcare Coverage

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Event Podcast: A Conversation with Defense Attorneys in the 9/11 Military Commission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (MP3) - November 14, 2013

Related Events

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