Earlier this week, President Joe Biden promised to remove the “scourge of sexual assault” from the U.S. armed forces. Fulfilling that promise, however, will require an overhaul of military justice to prevent senior officers from meddling in cases brought against troops under their command, writes a veteran Marine officer.
President Donald Trump took to the phone in the Oval Office and notified three U.S. service members accused of war crimes that he was intervening on their behalf and issuing full pardons in two of the cases. Some veterans and legal experts said his actions will weaken U.S. credibility abroad.
A seven member jury of Marines and sailors acquitted Edward Gallagher on all but one count in one of the nation’s most closely watched military trials. The jury convicted Gallagher on a single count related to his taking pictures alongside an Iraqi fighter’s corpse.
A sweeping update of the Uniform Code of Military Justice taking effect on Jan. 1 abolishes Navy skippers’ authority to throw sailors in the brig with nothing to eat but bread and water. A century’s worth of debate, now at an end, shows why the antiquated penalty had such staying power.
The lawsuit by New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco calls on the Department of Defense to address a “clearly broken system” that allowed a former serviceman to buy a gun and kill 26 people in a Texas church in November. The gunman should have been disqualified from purchasing firearms, but the Air Force failed to report his domestic violence conviction to the FBI.
Data released by the Defense Department for the first time show there were about six sexual assault reports per 1,000 personnel last year. The Navy led the way among military branches; the Marine Corps had the lowest rate.