This is a review of Frederic L. Borch, Judge Advocates in Combat: Army Lawyers in Military Operations from Vietnam to Haiti (2001). The book presents and supports a specific thesis. It shows that military attorneys over time gradually have assumed an important new duty in combat operations. Judge advocates, for example, now directly influence the planning and execution of military actions by drafting rules of engagement, aiding in the selection of targets, crafting policies to ensure compliance with the law of war, and even by advising on political matters in host nations. I have written a positive review of this book.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-67; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-67
Gregory E. Maggs, Book Review of Frederic L. Borch, Judge Advocates in Combat: Army Lawyers in Military Operations from Vietnam to Haiti (2001), 174 Mil. L. Rev. 180 (2002).