In this chapter, Franklin D. Rosenblatt embarks on an empirical study of the effectiveness of the US court-martial system in Afghanistan and Iraq. He provides an overview of US court-martial practices in these two countries, drawing on numerous after-action reports, from which he concludes that the full-bore application of military justice is not viable in combat. Consequently, faulty accountability for military crimes has undermined counter-insurgency endeavours and diminished the armed forces’ legitimacy. Rosenblatt suggests making military justice more portable and relevant to better serve strategic goals.
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