Here is a a memo, courtesy of OFL, released yesterday by the SecDef. The memo directs a subcommittee of the Defense Legal Policy Board to assess “military justice in cases of U.S. Service members alleged to have caused the death, injury, or abuse of non-combatants in Iraq or Afghanistan.”
The subcommittee will be co-chaired by the Honorable Judith Miller (former General Counsel of the Department of Defense) and Major General (Ret) Walter Huffman (former Army TJAG). Other members named in the letter include former Army Vice Chief of Staff General (Ret) Peter Chiarelli and Marine Lieutenant General (Ret) John Sattler, who served as (among other jobs) Commander of JTF-HOA and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command.
Their report, and the DLPB’s recommendation, is due in 210 days and will address a variety of topics, including whether DoD could improve prosecution of joint offenders and in joint, deployed areas, should military justice be pursued within the joint force, utilizing joint resources, rather than having cases handled separately and within each component service?