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On Wednesday, March 11, Lawfare kicked off its Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report Series—a series of commentaries on various aspects of the official report of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.Robert M. Chesney, Strauss Center Director and James Baker Professor in Law, introduced the series with his piece titled The Pentagon’s General Counsel on the Law of Military Operations in Cyberspace. In it, Chesney outlined the statements of the Defense Department’s General Counsel on the legal frameworks governing cyberspace. He began by noting that the Defense Department has commented on this before, and therefore these comments ought to be seen as building upon prior comments. He then outlined the speech’s highlights of interest related to domestic regulation in cyberspace, namely: its insight into the NSPM-13 framework; the Defense Department’s perspective on separation of power issues; the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s application (or lack thereof) to cyber military operations; an acknowledgement of the importance and difficulty of questions surrounding the first amendment’s application to “military operations intended to disrupt foreign propaganda efforts targeting U.S. audiences;” and finally, a confirmation that military cyber ops are not “covert action.”

Ashley McIlvain Moran, Director of the State Fragility Initiative at the Strauss Center, has been supporting the climate-related efforts of the Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs during its tenure on the United Nations Security Council. Their work on climate security in the context of UN peacekeeping missions is highlighted in a recent video posted here.

Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law and Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center, wrote a journal in The Yale Law Journal Forum entitled The Separation of National Security Powers: Lessons from the Second Congress.Recent events have provoked meaningful discussion over Congress’s systematic delegation of authority to the President to respond to a wide range of crises. Vladeck offers a potential roadmap for today’s Congress to reclaim a meaningful role in overseeing the broad powers it has increasingly delegated to the executive branch over time.

Dr. Moriba Jah, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Program Lead of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program at the Strauss Center, Director of the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program, and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, was one of five individuals featured in a recent NPR Short Wave special report on black excellence in STEM. The feature highlights Dr. Jah’s work in the field of space traffic management. Read the full report here.