One of the developments in contention for a spot on the top-10 military justice stories of 2008 list is NIMJ’s hiring of two full-time employees. Establishing a sustainable think tank outside of DOD to analyze the military justice system would be an enormous development — and a highly salutary one in my book. Such a development wouldn’t displace DOD’s role in the military justice policy arena, but it would complement it.
But I fear that the Bernie Madoff (as in “Bernie made off with our money”) scam may endanger that outside think tank’s sustainability.
The insanely informative Capital Defense Weekly reported yesterday that the JEHT Foundation will be closing in January due to granters’ losses resulting from Madoff’s alleged crimes. JEHT reportedly won’t rescind grants already made, but also won’t honor multi-year grants. Guess who one of those multi-year grant recipients was. As Daily Kos reports, one of them was the National Institute of Military Justice, which was awarded a three-year grant of $510,000 in 2007.
That raises two questions: (1) Did NIMJ just lose $170,000? (2) If so, will NIMJ be able to continue to execute its important mission?