Here is the Army News Service’s take on the FY2015 NDAA Mil Jus changes. It is a tad better than the Military Times coverage we posted last week. The article includes observations from Lt. Col. John Kiel Jr., chief of policy branch, criminal law division, Office of the Judge Advocate General.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Commander US Forces Command is the potential convening authority in the Sergeant Bergdahl case, here (Military Times). General Dempsey said he expects a decision of disciplinary action soon, but stayed away from any appearance of UCI by saying anything more. Bergdahl could face court-martial for allegedly leaving his post in Afghanistan before being captured and held by Taliban sympathizing militants from the Haqqani network.
I was just reminded that DoD’s Judicial Proceedings Panel (JPP) has a hearing this Friday, see here. The Dec. 16, 2014 meeting of the JPP featured appearances by all the service judge advocates. See speaker bios here and transcript here. Colonel John Baker, a friend o’ the blog, appeared on behalf of Major General Ewers.