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Government Report: Ali v. Rumsfeld: U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Decision

Ali v. Rumsfeld: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Decision

by Karen LeCraft Henderson
Paperback, 27 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988091

This legal decision affirms that Donald Rumsfeld has qualified immunity from a suit brought by Abu Ghraib prisoners.

Four Afghan and five Iraqi citizens captured and subsequently held in Afghanistan and Iraq by the U.S. military sued Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, and three Army officers under the 5th and 8th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the Alien Tort Statute, and the 3rd and 4th Geneva Conventions, seeking damages and declaratory relief as the result of their treatment while in U.S. custody.

The district court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss all 6 claims and the plaintiffs appealed the dismissal. This decision sets forth the reasons why the U.S. Court of Appeals affirms the district court’s judgment. A print on demand report.

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July 29, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Breaking the Mold: Tanks in the Cities

Breaking the Mold: Tanks in the Cities
by Kendall D. Gott
Paperback, 132 pages, 2006, $25.00
ISBN: 9781437937862

There is an adage that tanks don’t perform well in cities. Gott disproves that notion with a series of five case studies from World War II to the war in Iraq.

These cases demonstrate that tanks must do more than merely “arrive” on the battlefield to be successful in urban combat. From Aachen in 1944 to Fallujah in 2004, the absolute need for specialized training and the use of combined arms at the lowest tactical levels are two salient lessons.

Gott provides an up-to-date analysis of the utility of tanks and heavy armored forces in urban combat. The U.S. Army will increasingly conduct combat operations in urban terrain, and it will therefore be necessary to understand what it takes to employ tanks to achieve success in that battlefield. Illustrations.

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August 18, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Progress in Preventing Military Suicides and Challenges in Detection and Care of the Invisible Wounds of War: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 9781437935967)

Progress in Preventing Military Suicides and Challenges in Detection and Care of the Invisible Wounds of War: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 9781437935967)
By Carl Levin
(Paperback, 39 pages, 2010, $20.00)

The suicide rate has climbed measurably across all sectors of the military over the past few years, McClatchy reports. Suicides overall increased by 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, while suicides among Marines have more than doubled since 2005. Top Army and Marine Corps officials in June 2010 proposed several solutions to erase the social stigma associated with mental health illnesses and to combat the less visible wounds of war.

This report’s contents: Hearing to receive testimony on the status of our efforts to prevent military suicides and the challenges in detection, treatment, and management of the so-called ‘‘invisible wounds of war,’’ which are considered to include traumatic brain injury, and concussive events, post-traumatic stress, and other combat-related psychological health concerns.

Witnesses: General Peter W. Chiarelli, USA, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy; General James F. Amos, USMC, Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; General Carrol H. Chandler, USAF, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force; Dr. Robert L. Jesse, Acting Principal Dep. Under Secretary for Health, Veteran’s Health Administration, Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

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July 13, 2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Arlington National Cemetery, Special Inspection: Final Report (ISBN: 9781437935851)

Arlington National Cemetery, Special Inspection: Final Report (ISBN: 9781437935851)
By R. Steven Whitcomb
(Paperback, 27 pages, 2010, $20)

Army investigators at Arlington National Cemetery have found more than 100 unmarked graves, scores of grave sites with headstones that are not recorded on cemetery maps, and at least four burial urns that had been unearthed and dumped in an area where excess grave dirt is kept, the Washington Post reports.

This inspection report on operations at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) addresses the problems that had been uncovered by a recent inquiry: improper internment; trans-internment of remains, including the loss of accountability of remains; remains in graves listed as empty; unmarked grave sites; improperly marked graves; and improper handling of remains.

This report, which was conducted from August 17, 2009 to January 28, 2010, found that mistakes were still being made at ANC. The inspection team determined that, while the staff is dedicated to accomplishing the cemetery’s three primary tasks of funerals, ceremonies, and tourism support, there are issues that the Army must address to improve the effectiveness of operations at ANC.

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July 6, 2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Memorial Day Book Special: Rakkasans: The Combat History of the 187th Airborne Infantry (ISBN: 0891416048)

Weekly Book Special: May 18th-May 24th

Memorial Day, on May 31st, commemorates American soldiers who died while in service. In commemoration, this week’s special is:

The Rakkasans:
The Combat History of the 187th Airborne Infantry

By E.M. Flanagan, Jr. (Hardcover, 392 pages, 1997, $25.00)

The Rakkasans: The Combat History of the 187th Airborne InfantryThis is the complete account of one of the most remarkable regiments in the history of the U.S. Army, written by a retired lieutenant general who served with airborne outfits during World War II and the Korean War.

The 187th Infantry Regiment, known as “Rakkasans,” have fought in every major American military conflict from World War II to Afghanistan and Iraq.

They were chosen by Gen. Douglas MacArthur to be the first wave of troops to occupy Japan, were the only airborne unit in the Korean War, made history at the Vietnam War’s Hamburger Hill, and made a grueling helicopter assault during Operation Desert Storm. Includes 30 rarely-published photos.

Here’s a 60-second video of the Rakkasans preparing for deployment:

“The Rakkasans is important military history,” writes Kirkus Reviews. “It is well researched and articulated for both the student of military history and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in military history.”

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May 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment


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