Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.

Guest Author

Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.) is the Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and a Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke Law School. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and Villanova University School of Law, and a distinguished graduate of the National War College. His 34-year career as a military lawyer included tours of duty in the United Kingdom and Korea, service as a military judge for a 22-state circuit, and deployments for military operations in Africa and the Middle East. He teaches, writes and speaks on a wide range of security-related topics. General Dunlap’s wife, Joy, is also a writer and speaker, and formerly a vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters, as well as the deputy director of Government Relations for the Military Officers Association of America.

Articles by this author:

Finding the Right U.S. Defense Leaders

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Aug 28th, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Where Luke Hartig and I Agree on Drones (it’s more than you might think)

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Apr 1st, 2019

Body Counts Are Terrible Way for the Public to Assess US Counter-Terrorism Operations

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Mar 18th, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Why Larger Defense Budgets Don’t Need to Come at the Expense of “Soft Power”

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Jun 13th, 2018

Let’s Leave “Crisis” and “Emergency” For the Real Thing

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Feb 14th, 2018

No, Ceasefires and Armistices Are Not “Outmoded”

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Jan 22nd, 2018

Can Defense Counsel Ever Be Lawfully Surveilled by the Government?

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Oct 31st, 2017

Letter to the Editor: How Steve Vladeck’s Response Makes My Case

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Sep 13th, 2017

A Baker’s Dozen of Additional Questions for the Russia Investigation

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Aug 30th, 2017

Letter to the Editor: There Is Much More to a Civilian Casualty Investigation than Eyewitness Accounts

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Jul 17th, 2017

On Israeli Airstrikes in Syria—Lawful and No Need for Transparency

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May 8th, 2017

Why the Foreign Policy Sky is Not Falling

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Mar 29th, 2017

A Squarable Circle?: The Revised DoD Law of War Manual and the Challenge of Human Shields

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Dec 15th, 2016

Why Doesn’t the ABA Consider Discrimination Based on Military or Veteran Status to be an Ethics Violation? [Updated]

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Aug 24th, 2016

Yes, We Can Lawfully Target Islamic State Trainees Preparing to Conduct Terrorist Attacks in Europe and Elsewhere

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Mar 25th, 2016

Human Shields: The Dialogue Continues

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Dec 16th, 2015

Military Commissions and Fairness

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Dec 14th, 2015

Honor, Morality, and the DOD Law of War Manual

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Oct 26th, 2015

Let’s Balance the Argument About the DOD Law of War Manual and Targeting

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Jul 10th, 2015

Human Shields and the DOD Law of War Manual: Can’t We Improve the Debate?

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Jun 25th, 2015

Casualties and Polls: Some Observations

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May 26th, 2015

Guest Post: To Ban New Weapons or Regulate Their Use?

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Apr 3rd, 2015