On May 13 and 14, the JINSA-commissioned Gaza Conflict Task Force held briefings on Capitol Hill to discuss the findings of the recently released report 2014 Gaza Conflict Assessment: The New Face of Conflict with staff members and the media. The Task Force also met individually with 15 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle over the two days.
As Michael Makovsky and Lt. Gen. David Deptula noted in a 2014 Wall Street Journal op-ed, the Defense Department has MOPs to spare, aircraft in storage that could carry the MOP payload and legal authority to transfer such arms to the Israelis.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe, or V-E, Day, when the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender after six long years of war. No one should have savored that day in 1945 more than Winston Churchill, the wartime British prime minister. Yet he was to a considerable degree despondent.
On May 6, 2015, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (CA-39), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs briefed JINSA National Leaders on Iran. As a longtime active member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Royce is known for his knowledge of many different regions of the world and foresight into key U.S. foreign policy issues. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
The New York Sun editorial board tells us: "The Gods of Irony certainly were on their game when they had the Iranians interrupt their plot to acquire an atomic bomb so they could seize a ship flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. The Marshalls are levying a lawsuit at the Hague against the nine nuclear powers for failing to live up to their obligations to reduce their arsenals and prevent nuclear proliferation. In the midst of this the Iranians are forcing the Marshalls to test the defense obligations of one of the lawsuit defendants, our own America. Maybe settlement talks could be held at Bikini."
On April 29, JINSA announced that Professor Geoffrey Corn, USA (ret.) will join the Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy as a Senior Advisor. Professor Corn was formerly the Army's senior law of war expert in the Office of the Judge Advocate General and Chief of the Law of War Branch in the International Law Division.