Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Deputy Sec Def Meeting - Will DoD ever issue regulations limiting the new Art. 2(a)(10), UCMJ?

As reported at the Wall Street, Deputy Sec Def Gordon England and Deputy Sec State John Negroponte called a meeting for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 (or at least that is how I read it), with top executives from private security companies. The article states that the agenda for the meeting will include, "discussions of how changes in contract management, the political environment in Iraq, the 2008 defense bill and legal accountability could affect the ability of private security companies to do their jobs." A DoD official said the purpose of the meeting was to "prove that we are the good guys and that we do care."

Hopefully the legal accountability portion of the meeting includes guidance for contractors that can be released to the field on implementation and withholding of authority under Art. 2(a)(10), UCMJ, as previously discussed on CAAFlog, here, here, here, and . . . well there are a few more. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Even if they come up with a workable method and instruction (doubtful) who will be the first CO in theater to convene a court-martial against some cowboy contractor? Someone who doens't want a career much longer.

Plus the Govt can always use MEJA if they really want someone prosecuted. I doubt this will get off the ground.