Alert for our purists, not a lot of pure MilJus in this update.
AFP reports (via DefenseNews here) that immunity for US service members may still be a sticking point for completing plans for a US military training presence in Iraq. AFP reports that while Iraqi leaders stated that “they agreed on the need for training of Iraqi forces and the purchase military equipment . . . . the leaders agreed there is no need to give immunity for trainers.” Defense Secretary Panetta, on the other hand, is quoted as saying, “any kind of U.S. presence demands that we protect and provide the appropriate immunity for our soldiers.” Helpful background story at NYT here.
The Miami Herald reports, here, that the arraignment of accused USS COLE bomber before a capital military commission has been postponed until November 9, 2011 due to scheduling conflicts. By the way, is that a proper term, capital military commission? Random observation, the usually good Carol Rosenberg begins the story with an odd phrase, “chief war court judge.” Is that her normal shtick?
The New York Times reports, here, that the White House will issue a policy today to remedy the problems exposed by the Wiki[shhh] and PFC Bradley Manning episode. I’ll update this post with a link HERE when it is released. The story states that:
The directive enshrines many stopgap fixes that the Pentagon, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency made immediately after the initial Wiki[shhh] disclosures last November. Since then, for instance, the military has disabled 87 percent of its computers to prevent people from downloading classified data onto memory sticks, CDs or DVDs.
Anyone have any thoughts on how that’s impacted access to SIPR information and information sharing in the military? And anyone know what’s the status of the PFC Manning court-martial? Only thing I’ve heard recently is that Manning was a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, see e.g. here. So he’s got that going for him, too.
WaPo reports, here, on the continuing saga of an Army Corps of Engineers scam that prosecutors allege looted the US Treasury to the tune of $20 million. Two Corps civilian employees, the son of one of the employees, and an employee of a Corps contractor have been charged so far. No current active duty military are named yet, and only one unindicted conspirator is named in the indictments.