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What’s in the New NDAA

President Donald Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 into law on Monday afternoon, at an event at Fort Drum military base in upstate New York.


The Cyberspace Solarium Commission: A Timely Proposal

On Monday, night the Senate passed its version of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. It now heads to conference for reconciliation with the House version. The Senate version is packed with interesting provisions relating to military operations in the cyber domain, and I’ll be writing separately about most of those items shortly.

Executive Power

Can the Pentagon Restrict Congressional Foreign Travel?

A recent story from Bryant Harris at Al-Monitor reveals growing tension between the Trump administration and House Democrats over congressional travel to parts of the Middle East and South Asia. Harris reports that the Defense Department has restricted visits to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Syria on the view that the task of hosting members of Congress in those locations would unduly interfere with the ability of military commanders to fulfill essential mission requirements.

Detention & Guantanamo

Summary from the Courtroom: Al-Alwi v. Trump Oral Argument

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Al-Alwi v. Trump. Chief Judge Merrick Garland, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson (joining remotely) and Judge Thomas Griffith reviewed the D.C. District Court’s dismissal of Guantanamo detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi’s second habeas petition.

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