Military Justice in the United States
According to the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, the Constitution, in language taken from the articles of confederation, empowers Congress to “make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces.” Congress has enacted Articles of War and Articles for the Government of the Navy since 1775, but in 1950 some things changed.
Military-related laws, regulations, law reviews, etc. are available on Lexis (search in the online directory for the MILTRY library) and on Westlaw (listed in the Database Directory under “Military Law”).
The Uniform Code of Military Justice is codified at 10 U.S.C. Sec. 859 to End (see “United States Code”). Recent editions of the Manual for Courts-Martial are available from the Library of Congress and Lexis (search “Manual for Courts-Martial” in the Publication Name field of the online directory).
To find out the approximate size of a foreign country’s military, check out the end of the country’s listing in The World Fact Book.
Jane’s Defense & Aerospace News is available on ProQuest Dialog.
Links to military law web sites are posted on WashLaw’s Military, National Security, & Defense page and the Military Law and Legal Links page by the Air War College. See also Research Guides for Military Law by David P. Dillard and the list of Subject Guidesposted by the Dudley Knox Library at the Naval Postgraduate School.
To find books or other materials on a military subject, search the library catalogs atWest Point, the Army War College, the U.S. Naval Academy and/or the U.S. Air Force Academies. Other places to search for military materials include: OCLC’s WorldCat; the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, which links to online agency postings and to Federal Depository Libraries holding the materials; and the catalog of your nearest large public library. You could also look through the bibliographies compiled by the various military academies.
For questions about military books and other publications, you can try calling the library at West Point library (914-938-2230), the Army War College (717-245-3660, -4260 or -4280), the Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy (410-293-2420), the Dudley Knox Library at the Naval Postgraduate School (831-656-2485), and/or the U.S. Air Force Academy Libraries (719-333-2590).
To find military Internet pages, try SearchMil.com, which specializes in “.mil” Web sites. Or add “site:.mil” to a Google search.
Defense Department Materials: The CCH Government Contracts Reporter reprints government procurement materials. Government Attic archives DOD documents obtained with FOIA requests.
Department of Defense manuals and directives are posted in DoD Issuances by the Directives and Records Branch of Washington Headquarters Services. Most DoD privacymaterials are posted by the Defense Privacy Office. Privacy regulations are codified at 32 CFR Subchapter O, particularly Parts 310 and 311. DoD Reports and other technical materials are available through DTIC Online.
Military Commissions: The Air War College posts links to military commission materials, including the Manual for Military Commissions. See also United States Military Commissions: A Quick Guide to Available Resources.
Veterans Law: See the Veterans’ Benefits and Issues Libguide from the John Marshall Law School Library, Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Veterans Law guide from the Regent University School of Law Library.
Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
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United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- Can Military Justice Withstand Critical Attack? (query), Portley, Maurice, 66: 5, 48-50 (Jun.-Jul. '82, AJS Judicature)
- Military Judges and Military Justice: The Path to Judicial Independence, Fidell, Eugene R., 74: 14-20 (Jun.-Jul. '90, AJS Judicature)