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Silence May be Golden, But It is Also Confusing

by David Isenberg at Huff Post

Back In January I wrote about an article by Air Force Maj. Chad Carter who wrote an article in the fall 2009 issue of Military Law Review that contested legal popular wisdom that the “political question doctrine” means that tort claim cases by military members and U.S. civilians injured in Iraq and Afghanistan must not proceed.

Now another military lawyer has weighed in on the subject. Lt Col. Chris Jenks, of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, who is currently assigned as the Chief of the International Law Branch, the Office of the Judge Advocate, writes in an article titled “Square Peg in a Round Hole: Government Contractor Battlefield Tort Liability and the Political Question Doctrine” in the Berkeley Journal of International Law, that while reliance on contractors is nothing new, the current utilization of contractors is both quantitatively and qualitatively different than in previous military operations. While the sheer number of contractors used by the military on the battlefield is unprecedented the U.S. Government does not know how many contractors it employs in Iraq and Afghanistan nor is it tracking the number of contract employees wounded or killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please Read the Full Post here

May 18, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Wartime Contracting | , , , , , | Leave a comment