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    The Quill & Sword

    The Quill & Sword

    Audio | The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
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    About

    The Quill & Sword series of podcasts is created and hosted by The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS). There are four series: "The Quill & Sword" engages judge advocates with conversations about topics at the forefront of national security law at the operational level. Each episode steers practitioners to products from the Center for Law & Military Operations (CLAMO) including quarterlies, digests, handbooks and operations law training opportunities. "Fred Talks"... read more



    Episodes


    • The Quill & Sword | NSL Unscripted ***Feature Episode*** Ep 1: The Evolution of National Security Law from a Military Practitioner’s Viewpoint

      In this inaugural episode of the NSL Unscripted podcast, LTC Laura West, Chair of the National Security Law Department at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, interviews two esteemed military national security law practitioners: COL Pete Hayden, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Cyber Command, and COL Eric Widmar, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Central Command. COL Hayden and COL Widmar share their perspectives on past NSL practice, contemporary lessons, and where they envision the... read more

      02/03/2023


    • The Quill & Sword - Ep. 2: U.S. and Canadian Domestic Operations Law…eh?

      The Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO) hosted the Domestic Operations Law short course 23-27 January at TJAGLCS. Maj. Jayne Thompson presented a class on Canadian Domestic Operations Law and joins us on this episode.

      02/02/2023


    • The Quill & Sword | CAAF Chats Ep 7: U.S. v. Thompson, xx M.J. xxx (C.A.A.F. 2022)

      This case is about whether the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (AFCCA) erred in conducting their factual sufficiency review. Appellant alleges they required him to prove his mistake of fact defense with “direct evidence.”

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      02/01/2023


    • The Quill & Sword | CAAF Chats Ep 6: U.S. v. Nelson, 82 M.J. 82 (C.A.A.F. 2022)

      This case is about whether the appellant voluntarily gave his cell phone pass-word to criminal investigators.

      01/19/2023


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 11: The Army in WWI

      Welcome to Season 3 of Fred Talks! This season will cover Mr. Borch’s book, Judge Advocates in the Great War 1917-1922. This first episode takes a look into the state of the U.S. Army at the onset of its entry in the Great War. Listeners can find a PDF copy of the book at The Quill & Sword webpage (https://tjaglcs.army.mil/thequillandsword)

      01/12/2023


    • The Quill & Sword - Ep. 1: Introduction to CLAMO

      The Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO) hosts the very first The Quill and Sword podcast episode. Listen to learn about upcoming AARs, where to find CLAMO products, and who to contact with requests for infor-mation and assistance.

      01/06/2023


    • The Quill & Sword | CAAF Chats Ep 5: U.S. v. Beauge, 82 M.J. 157 (C.A.A.F. 2022)

      This case analyzes the mandatory disclosure exception to the MRE 513 privilege.

      01/04/2023


    • The Quill & Sword | CAAF Chats Ep 4: U.S. v. Palacios Cueto, 82 M.J. 323 (C.A.A.F. 2022)

      This case involves two issues: ineffective assistance of counsel, alleging the defense team should have informed the accused to discuss certain collateral consequences, as well as prosecutorial misconduct in the form of improper argument.

      12/21/2022


    • The Quill & Sword - Ep. 0: Prologue

      The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School announces The Quill and Sword Network of Podcasts: The Quill and Sword, FredTalks, Criminal Law Department Presents.

      12/14/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | CAAF Chats Ep 3: US v. Hiser, 82 M.J. 60 (C.A.A.F. 2022)

      This case offers the first CAAF analysis of the (relatively) new Article 117a offense.

      12/08/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | CAAF Chats Ep 2: U.S. v. Mellette, 82 M.J. 374 (C.A.A.F. 2022)

      This discussion focuses on the limits of the MRE 513 privilege.

      11/23/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 24: MPEPs and Multinational Legal Interoperability

      Recorded earlier this summer, Lt Col Andy Farquhar, British Army Legal Service and LTC Chris Franca, U.S. Army JAG Corps discuss their experiences and achievements while participating in the Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP). Lt Col Farquhar served in CLAMO and as Deputy Director of the Legal Center, TJAGLCS, and LTC Franca worked for the Head of Operational Law, British Army. Lt Col Farquhar and LTC Franca discuss their efforts to institutionalize multinational legal interoperability and the importance it will play in future conflicts.

      11/21/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 23: Multinational Legal Interoperability at JMRC

      Dr. Jan Ganschow, German armed forces legal service exchange officer at the Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO), and MAJ Jason Young, U.S. Army JAG Corps at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), Hohenfels, Germany discuss multinational legal interoperability.

      11/11/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | CAAF Chats Ep 1: U.S. v. Edwards, 82 M.J. 239 (C.A.A.F. 2022)

      This case explores some of the limits on a victim’s unsworn statement under RCM 1001A (now RCM 1001(c)).

      11/09/2022


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 10: COL Zane E. Finkelstein

      The only judge advocate to be decorated for heroism in Vietnam, COL Finkelstein served for over 30 years in the Army JAG Corps. This week Fred tells the story of how a foreign claims mission to a Vietnamese village led then LTC Finkelstein to join with his infantry escort to repel a Viet Cong attack.

      ”**Music by Joseph McDade

      10/14/2022


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 9: SGM John Nolan

      Recorded in the SGM Nolan reading room and library at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Mr. Borch guides us through the life and decades of exemplary service of the first JAG Corps Sergeant Major—a position now known as the Regimental Command Sergeant Major.

      ”**Music by Joseph McDade

      ***The views expressed on the podcast are the views of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.

      08/26/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 22: Cadet Fisher

      This week we focus on the human component as we hear from ROTC Cadet Isabella Fisher and learn about the ROTC experience and how an aspiring lawyer and JAG Corps officer can navigate the delayed entry program.

      08/19/2022


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 8: Military Commission for the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators

      Many listeners will be familiar with the military commissions in relation to the war on terror. However, long before those President Andrew Johnson ordered a military tribunal for the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Find out why on this episode of Fred Talks.

      For more information, see the report of the trial on the Library of Congress website website (https://www.loc.gov/re-source/llscd.200900209112991/?st=gallery)

      ** Music by Joseph McDade

      *** The views expressed on this podcast are the views of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, the Army , the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.

      08/12/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 21: Chinese Peacekeepers in Africa

      Episode 21 takes us to the AFRICOM AOR where we join MAJ Thomas Dyrenforth, a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) focused on Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, and South Sudan. MAJ Dyrenforth sits down with us to discuss China’s growing influence in Africa, including their increased UN peacekeeping presence.

      06/01/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 20: BG Michelle Donahue, the 56th Quartermaster General

      Battlefield Next has the honor of hosting the 56th Quartermaster General of the United States Army, BG Michelle Donahue. A graduate of Duke University, BG Donahue also holds advanced degrees from Georgetown and the National Defense University. On today’s episode, BG Donahue talks to us about her varied roles in the Sustainment community, the future of sustainment, and her view of the role of the Judge Advocate in Large Scale Combat operations, especially as they pertain to sustainment.

      03/30/2022


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 19: Operation Allies Welcome

      In July of 2021, the United States began evacuating Afghans with Special Immigrant Visa Status (or SIV). After the Taliban occupation of Kabul, however, the proverbial flood gates opened and throughout August, the US evacuated approximately 70,000 people on military air. Joining us today is a panel of three judge advocates who were intimately involved in both the tactical and operational execution of what came to be known as Operation Allies Welcome.

      01/13/2022


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 7: The History of Fred

      Today, something new, something old, something different, something very much the same, BUT something everyone has been waiting with baited breath to hear. Join us as we talk about the history of this podcast’s namesake, the history of FRED.


      **Music by Joseph McDade


      ***The views expressed on the podcast are the views of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.

      12/17/2021


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 6: The History of the JAG School, Part 2

      When we last left off, the US Army JAG Corps was without a home after leaving the University of Michigan in the 1940’s. Part 2 of our series examines the winding path that led us to our current home on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.


      **Music by Joseph McDade


      ***The views expressed on the podcast are the views of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.

      12/15/2021


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 5: The History of the JAG School, Part 1

      Episode 5! Judge Advocates have served in the Army since the 18th century, but the idea of a “JAG School” is relatively new. Mr. Borch details the history of the JAG Corp’s first brick and mortar institution, including a stop at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor during WWII.

      **Music by Joseph McDade

      ***The views expressed on the podcast are the views of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.

      12/08/2021


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 4: The Dark Ages before the UCMJ

      Mr. Borch reading from a 123-year-old manual? Sounds like the latest episode of Fred Talks. Join us as Mr. Borch shines a light on the proverbial dark ages before the UCMJ. What was it like to try a case 150 years ago? Why and when did the nation move towards a standard uniform code? All this and more on episode 4!

      ***The views expressed on the podcast are the views of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.

      11/17/2021


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 3: A Revolution in Military Justice, the MJA of 1968

      Ever wonder why military judges wear black robes? OK, maybe that question doesn’t live rent free in your brain . . . BUT the answers are here, thanks to Mr. Borch our regimental historian. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) was a revolution in the way the military tries cases, but a second lesser known revolution took place in 1968 – the Military Justice Act. More attorneys, military judges, and yes . . . even black robes. All found on this week’s Fred Talks.

      ***The views expressed on the podcast are the views of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.

      11/10/2021


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 18: An Interview with CSM Josh Quinton

      CSM Quinton is the Command Sergeant Major of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School and the Commandant of the NCO Academy in Charlottesville, VA. Join us as he explores his past, the reasons for his Service, and his expectations for the future force (some discussion on his 6’8” stature may also make an appearance or two).

      11/01/2021


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 2: The Evolution of the Paralegal & Advanced Individual Training (AIT)

      The Evolution of the Paralegal & Advanced Individual Training (AIT)
      Mr. Borch takes us through the evolution of the paralegal specialist, both their role and their training. From legal clerk to para-professional, the Paralegal has seen a vast change in their responsibilities and duty titles over the last fifty years. Today, the paralegal is a vital part of any legal team, and often the tip of the proverbial legal spear. Join us our regimental historian colorfully (as always) describes... read more

      10/27/2021


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 17: Trail Blazing at USMA, an Interview with COL (Ret) Donna Wright

      COL(Ret) Donna Wright was a member of the US Military Academy at West Point’s first coeducational class. Join us as she discusses trailblazing in the military, from her Academy beginnings to her career as a military judge.

      10/18/2021


    • The Quill & Sword – Fred Talks Ep 1: The Metamorphosis of the JAG Corps

      I’d like to welcome you to something a little bit different on the Battlefield Next network of podcasts. You all have I’m sure heard of the world-famous, hard-hitting, cutting edge discussions on society and technology, known as Ted Talks. Well . . . . we don’t own any fancy skinny microphones, we can’t trade in our OCPs for black turtlenecks, BUT we can and will bring to you a segment fondly known as Fred Talks. Join us weekly as the Army JAG Corps’ Regimental Historian provides... read more

      10/06/2021


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 16: An American Lieutenant Colonel in Andover

      Continuing our focus on interoperability, today we journey across the pond to interview Lieutenant Colonel Chritofer Franca, a U.S. Army Judge Advocate embedded with British Army Forces. LTC Franca discusses his background, his current position, and his take on interoperability and its application to future conflict.

      09/28/2021


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 15: An Interview of Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Farquhar of the British Army Legal Service

      On today’s episode, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Farquhar and Major Jason Coffey discuss the Army Legal Service, his background, his role at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center, and his focus on interoperability.

      02/17/2021


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 14: Judge Advocates in the Great War

      On today’s episode, Mr. Fred L. Borch* and Major Jason C. Coffey discuss Judge Advocates in the Great War, covering the pre-World War I Judge Advocate General’s Corps, its expansion after the United States entered the war, Judge Advocate training, and the duties Judge Advocates performed during the war.

      01/28/2021


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 13: A preview of Mr. Fred Borch’s remarks at the Nuremberg Trial symposium on 19 November 2020

      On today’s episode, Major Keoni Medici interviews Mr. Fred Borch on his remarks for the symposium commemorating the 75th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg on 19 November 2020 at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

      11/17/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 12: MAJ Joshua Wolff - "Interrupted Broadcasts? The Law of Neutrality and Communications Satellites"

      On today’s podcast we have Major Joshua Wolff, the Army Element Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Space Command. Major Wolff recently completed a Masters of Law in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications at the University of Nebraska, College of Law. On today’s episode, Major Wolff and Major Coffey discuss MAJ Wolff’s thesis, “Interrupted Broadcasts? The Law Of Neutrality And Communications Satellites”**, covering the law of neutrality, space law and neutrality, gaps in the current laws, and proposed solutions to close those gaps.

      08/14/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 11: BG(Ret.) Rich Gross - The Evolution of National Security Law

      On today’s podcast we have Brigadier General (Retired) Rich Gross, former Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Brigadier General Gross has also served as the Staff Judge Advocate of U.S. Central Command, US Forces-Afghanistan, and Joint Special Operations Command. MAJ Wellemeyer and MAJ Wellemeyer interviewed Brigadier General Gross the evolution of national security law, the importance of judge advocate integration into the units they are advising, and advising commanders in an operational setting.

      07/21/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 10 Part III: BG R. Patrick Huston - COVID-19

      On today’s episode we have Brigadier General R. Patrick Huston, the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations. BG Huston oversees international legal engagements, criminal prosecutions and government appeals for the Army. He also supervises the legal teams that provide advice on national security law, contract actions, administrative law and criminal law. He is focused on the legal and ethical development and use of artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons,... read more

      06/19/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 10 Part II: BG R. Patrick Huston - Deep Fake

      On today’s episode we have Brigadier General R. Patrick Huston, the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations. BG Huston oversees international legal engagements, criminal prosecutions and government appeals for the Army. He also supervises the legal teams that provide advice on national security law, contract actions, administrative law and criminal law. He is focused on the legal and ethical development and use of artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons,... read more

      06/19/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 10 Part I: BG R. Patrick Huston - Artificial Intelligence

      On today’s episode we have Brigadier General R. Patrick Huston, the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations. BG Huston oversees international legal engagements, criminal prosecutions and government appeals for the Army. He also supervises the legal teams that provide advice on national security law, contract actions, administrative law and criminal law. He is focused on the legal and ethical development and use of artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons,... read more

      06/19/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 9: BG Joseph Berger III - Modernizing Our Thinking

      On today’s podcast we have BG Joseph B. Berger, the Commanding General of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the premier training, education, and analysis institution for military law. As the Commander, BG Berger is responsible for developing and executing our Army’s (and in many cases, the Joint Force’s) institutional level legal training of uniform and civilian attorneys, paralegals, and legal administrators. The Legal Center and School’s mandate is not just... read more

      06/11/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 8: Interview with CDR Jonathan Shumate and MAJ Vo-Laria Brooks about CLAMO, DSCA, and COVID-19 Response

      On today’s podcast we have an interview with CDR Jonathan Shumate and MAJ Vo-Laria Brooks from the US Army JAG Corps’ Center for Law and Military Operations (also known as “CLAMO”), a Directorate of the The Judge Advocate General’s Leal Center in Charlottesville, VA. CDR Shumate serves as the Coast Guard Advanced Operational Law Studies Fellow. MAJ Brooks serves as the Director of Domestic Operations and National Guard Bureau (NGB) Liaison where she is responsible for teaching Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) at TJAGLCS, as well as providing support for the DSCA mission for the 54 States and Territories of the National Guard.

      05/01/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 7: Interview with Mr. Fred Borch on the Ansell-Crowder Controversy of 1917-1920

      On today’s podcast we have an interview with Mr. Fred Borch, Professor of Legal History and Leadership at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and the Regimental Historian and Archivist for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. On today’s episode, Mr. Borch and MAJ Wellemeyer discuss the Ansell-Crowder controversy of 1917-1920, and its relation to the modern military justice system.

      04/29/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 6: Interview with John Norton Moore, Thirteenth Waldemar A. Solf and Marc L. Warren Chair Lecturer in National Security Law

      On today’s episode, we have an interview of Mr. John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Law, by Major Travis J.Covey, Vice Chair and Professor of Law in the National Security Law Department at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. The episode is an addendum to the Thirteenth Waldemar A. Solf and Marc L. Warren Chair lecture in National Security Law given to by Mr. Moore at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

      04/07/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 5: Interview with Mr. Donald Polden

      On today’s podcast we have an is an interview of Mr. Donald Polden, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, by Brigadier General Joseph B. Berger, the commanding general of the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and Colonel Jerrett W. Dunlap, Dean of The Judge Advocate General’s School. The podcast is an addendum to a lecture on “Legal Leadership” given by Mr. Polden to the students of the 68th graduate course.

      03/23/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 4 Part I: The JARO Episode. Interview with First Lieutenant Briana Kolota; First Lieutenant Asia Buss; and First Lieutenant Mandi Ford

      On today’s podcast, we have an interview with three recent graduates of the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course: First Lieutenant Briana Kolota; First Lieutenant Asia Buss; and First Lieutenant Mandi Ford. MAJ Wellemeyer and MAJ Coffey had the opportunity to sit down with them to discuss what made them choose the JAG Corps, their commissioning sources, and their experiences in the application process, the Direct Commission Officer Course, and at the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course. In... read more

      03/22/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 4 Part II: The JARO Episode. Interview with First Lieutenant Briana Kolota; First Lieutenant Asia Buss; and First Lieutenant Mandi Ford

      On today’s podcast, we have an interview with three recent graduates of the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course: First Lieutenant Briana Kolota; First Lieutenant Asia Buss; and First Lieutenant Mandi Ford. MAJ Wellemeyer and MAJ Coffey had the opportunity to sit down with them to discuss what made them choose the JAG Corps, their commissioning sources, and their experiences in the application process, the Direct Commission Officer Course, and at the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course. Part two covers their experiences at the Direct Commission Officer Course, the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, the advice they would give future applicants, and what they think the JAG Corps can do to improve the application and accession process.

      03/22/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 3: Interview with Mr. Fred Borch

      On today’s podcast we have an interview with Mr. Fred Borch about the historical events that shaped the practice of operational law by judge advocates into the robust practice area we know it as today: national security law. Mr. Borch is a Professor of Legal History and Leadership at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School where he also holds the title of Regimental Historian and Archivist.

      01/13/2020


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 2 - Interview with Professor Clair Finkelstein (CERL)

      On today’s podcast, we have an interview with Professor Claire Finkelstein from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Finkelstein is the founder and director of the Center for Ethics and Rule of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School. MAJ Wellemeyer had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Finkelstein at the conclusion of the Ethical Challenges in the Development of New Weaponry symposium that occurred earlier this fall. During the conversation, Professor... read more

      12/04/2019


    • The Quill & Sword | Battlefield Next Ep 1 - Interview with General (Ret.) Joseph Votel

      Our first podcast is an interview with General (Ret.) Joseph Votel. General Votel is recently retired from the United States Army after a 39 year career. The last position he held was as the Commander of US Central Command from March 2016 to March 2019.

      10/23/2019