In June 2015, the Department of Defense (DoD) General Counsel issued a massive new manual intended to provide the U.S. military with its first unified guidance on the international law governing armed conflict. U.S. armed forces previously had to rely on individual service publications that were frequently out of date and sometimes inconsistent, particularly with respect to the interpretation of customary legal rules.
David Glazier, Zora Colakovic, Alexandra Gonzalez & Zacharias Tripodes,
Failing Our Troops: A Critical Assessment of the Department of Defense Law of War Manual,
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