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Executive & Military

The Supreme Court, ISIS, and the War Powers

In the latest issue of the Atlantic, Yale Professor Bruce Ackerman has a provocative essay titled “Can the Supreme Court Force Congress to Own the War on ISIS?” Not surprisingly, his answer is yes. Although the Supreme Court has historically resisted intervening in disputes over the war powers, Ackerman flags two circuit court decisions toward the end of the Vietnam War (Berk v.  continue »

Female Rangers: Historic Change or Lost Opportunity?

Today, two Army officers will be the first women to graduate from Ranger school. This is a groundbreaking milestone many predict is cracking the “brass ceiling”, but what does it really mean to female integration into military combat arms? Yes, these women will wear the coveted Ranger tab on their uniform—but they are still barred from serving in a Ranger unit.…   continue »