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  • Backgrounder posted September 24, 2014 by Charles "Cully" Stimson A Framework for an Authorization for Use of Military Force Against ISIS

    The Obama Administration is struggling both to define a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS),[1] a decade-old al-Qaeda–inspired terrorist organization, and to explain the national and international[2] legal basis for such military action. Some in Congress are considering proposing a joint resolution in the form of an…

  • Legal Memorandum posted May 27, 2014 by Charles "Cully" Stimson The ENLIST Act: A Back Door to Instant Citizenship

    Commonsense immigration policy encourages lawful immigration and discourages illegal immigration.[1] We are, as is often said, a nation of immigrants. As Heritage Foundation scholars wrote almost a decade ago, “America has been good for immigrants, and immigrants have been good for America.”[2] That statement remains true today. The United States has been and continues…

  • Issue Brief posted April 15, 2014 by David Inserra, Charles "Cully" Stimson The DREAM Act in the NDAA: Wrong for National and Homeland Security

    Under current law, lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to volunteer to serve in the United States military. If they pass the strict qualification requirements applicable to all who seek to serve, they can serve in the armed forces of the United States, and once they are in the armed forces, they may apply for expedited consideration for U.S. citizenship, which…

  • Backgrounder posted March 6, 2014 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Military Sexual Assault Reform: Real Change Takes Time

    Signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2013, the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains reforms aimed at preventing and reducing sexual assault in the military. Prudent and comprehensive, these reforms in the military justice system will take months, or even years, to bear fruit. Considered in their totality, these reforms represent the…

  • Commentary posted December 19, 2013 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Why terrorist detainee Hamidullan must be brought to US

    A terrorist detainee currently in U.S. custody in Afghanistan may be brought stateside for trial by military commission.  Citing unnamed administration sources, the Washington Post reports that the detainee is Taliban fighter named Hamidullan. A Russian national, he reportedly was involved in attacks that wounded or killed American service personnel in 2009 and then…

  • Special Report posted November 6, 2013 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Sexual Assault in the Military: Understanding the Problem and How to Fix It

    Executive Summary The military exists to defend the nation. That is its mission. To accomplish that mission, leaders must ensure that those who serve under them are combat ready, and once ordered into armed conflict, combat effective. Maintaining good order and discipline in the armed forces is essential to accomplishing the mission. The United States military justice…

  • Play Movie Bradley Manning Acquitted of Most Serious Charge: Stimson on Fox News Video Recorded on July 30, 2013 Bradley Manning Acquitted of Most Serious Charge: Stimson on Fox News

    Senior Legal Fellow Charles "Cully" Stimson discusses the acquittal of Bradley Manning on his most serious charge on Fox News' 'America's Newsroom'.…

  • Play Movie The Trial of Bradley Manning: Stimson on 'America's Newsroom' Video Recorded on July 30, 2013 The Trial of Bradley Manning: Stimson on 'America's Newsroom'

    Senior Legal Fellow Charles "Cully" Stimson discusses the latest on the Bradley Manning trial and his upcoming verdict on Fox News' 'America's Newsroom'.…

  • Issue Brief posted June 3, 2013 by Charles "Cully" Stimson JAG Corps and Reforming the Military Justice System

    Tomorrow, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the issue of sexual assaults in the military. Sexual assaults, including rape, are some of the most despicable crimes imaginable. It is indeed welcome news that Congress is paying attention to the military justice system and trying to make it work better, especially for victims. But the current…

  • Testimony posted May 16, 2013 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Law of Armed Conflict and the Use of Military Force

    Testimony Before Armed Services Committee United States Senate by Charles Stimson, Senior Fellow and Manager, National Security Law Program The Heritage Foundation May 16, 2013 Chairman Levin, Ranking Member Inhofe, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify on the law of armed conflict, the use of military force, and the  2001 Authorization for…

  • Backgrounder posted May 9, 2013 by Charles "Cully" Stimson, Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Changing the Military Justice System: Proceed with Caution

    Abstract Despite the recent flurry of sensational headlines related to United States v. Lt Col James H. Wilkerson III, Congress should be circumspect in its approach to the military justice system. While some parts of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s proposed modification have merit, others could undermine the unique role given to the system’s convening authority.…

  • Issue Brief posted April 22, 2013 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Boston Bombing Case: Options and Restrictions

    Now that one of the Boston bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been apprehended, naturally the discussion has turned to the most prudent way to deal with him given that there are so many unanswered questions about him and any possible ties to the continuing threat of terrorism. Should Tsarnaev be tried by a military commission? Should he be designated as an enemy combatant?…

  • Commentary posted December 1, 2012 by Charles "Cully" Stimson How Pot Advocates are Manipulating the Truth

    On Nov. 6, voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana, while a similar initiative in Oregon failed. The possession and sale of marijuana is still a violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act, and it remains to be seen whether the Justice Department will modify its enforcement priorities in…

  • Play Movie The Ft. Hood Shooting - Terrorism or Workplace Violence? Cully Stimson on Fox News Video Recorded on October 24, 2012 The Ft. Hood Shooting - Terrorism or Workplace Violence? Cully Stimson on Fox News

    Heritage Chief of Staff Cully Stimson discusses the unfolding legal process surrounding the Ft. Hood shootings on Fox News' 'America's Newsroom'.…

  • Backgrounder posted September 20, 2012 by Paul Rosenzweig, Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., Charles "Cully" Stimson, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Drones in U.S. Airspace: Principles for Governance

    Abstract: Flying drones—unmanned aerial vehicles—have been made famous by their use in the war on terrorism, notably in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but such military drones are a small fraction of those used by the United States today. Thousands of drones are used for a wide variety of purposes, from scientific research to military operations. Both…