Tag Archives: Operational Law

Naval War College International Law Workshop

Thomas Culora, professor and dean of Center for Naval Warfare Studies at U.S. Naval War College (NWC), provides welcoming remarks to participants of the “Syria: Can International Law Cope?” workshop at NWC, in Newport, Rhode Island.  

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Why US FON Operations in the South China Sea Make Sense

The U.S. Navy’s Freedom of Navigation Program is an important expression of international law. By Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom The U.S. Freedom of Navigation (FON) Program has recently drawn significant attention in the United States and the international community. During this period of focused attention, some observers have questioned the legality of U.S. FONOPs. This author has previously outlined the legality and legitimacy of …

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How China Shot Down Its Own A2/AD Lawfare Strategy

By Cmdr. Jonathan Odom, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Last month, President Obama made political history by becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Arctic, where he discussed American interests in that region and the need for nations around the world to collectively address the challenges of climate change.  During that same week, another momentous event of a different sort occurred nearby:  …

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Ulchi Freedom Guardian

Operational Law attorneys for U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), and United Nations Command (UNC), in front of the USFK/UNC Judge Advocate headquarters on U.S. Army Garrison – Yongsan, Republic of Korea (ROK).

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USS Emory S. Land

Lt. Ryan Sylvester, command judge advocate for the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), explains weapons transport and recovery capabilities to staff members to the House Armed Services Committee.

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Justice Kennedy

Lt. Scott Upright, Lt. Cmdr. Louis Butler, Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Josephson pose for a photo with Justice Anthony Kennedy after lunch aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).  

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USS Emory S. Land Judge Advocate Engages with Royal Malaysian Navy Legal Officer

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael Doan SEPANGGAR, Malaysia (May 29, 2015) – Submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) Command Judge Advocate Lt. Ryan J. Sylvester met with Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Legal Officer Lt. Cmdr. Mohd Shamsuni and toured a RMN military courtroom to learn about the RMN military justice system during a port visit to …

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U.S., Brazil JAG Subject Matter Expert Exchange

From United States Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet U.S. Navy and Coast Guard judge advocates travelled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE), focusing on operational and international law, with Brazilian navy judge advocates on March 30. Cmdr. James Hoffman, staff judge advocate, United States Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO)/ U.S. Fourth Fleet (USFOURTHFLT); Cmdr. …

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Navy Lawyer Supports DESRON 26 for Joint Warrior

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abe McNatt, Destroyer Squadron 26 Public Affairs USS ANZIO, At Sea (NNS) — After she finished law school eight years ago, Lt. Nancy Pham sought and earned her commission in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. The Navy provided Pham with an opportunity to put her legal skills to use in service to …

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