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Law and Instruments of National Power

Monday, October 09, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Covington Room

David RodearmelPlease join the Law Students for Veteran Affairs and the International Law Society in welcoming Assistant Professor David Rodearmel of the National Defense University as he presents "Law and Instruments of National Power."

Law has become an integral part of what George Kennan called, in a May 1948 State Department Policy Planning Staff Memorandum, "Measures Short of War", or "the employment of all the means at a nation's command, short of war, to achieve its national objectives." Recent years have seen increasing study of law as an instrument of domestic and international political disputes, sometimes termed "lawfare".  The People's Republic of China (PRC) has even incorporated "Legal Warfare" as part of its official "Three Warfares" strategy. Adopted by the Central Military Commission in 2003, the "Three Warfares" strategy provides for the coordinated use of psychological warfare, media warfare, and legal warfare to advance PRC "Core Interests". Professor Rodearmel will present the role of U.S., international and foreign laws, and their role in various past and current international disputes, to include the South China Sea.

David Rodearmel is an assistant professor teaching strategy and military history at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School of the National Defense University.  He joined the university in 2015 following 37 years of service as a State Department Foreign Service Officer (Political Officer) and Army Military Intelligence and Judge Advocate General Officer (Lieutenant Colonel, Retired).  He taught courses in political science and international relations at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and law for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies and the University of Maryland.  Mr. Rodearmel has foreign service experience in Armenia, Bosnia, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany (West Berlin and Stuttgart), Israel, and Ukraine, as well as serving domestic assignments at the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency, and the State Department.  He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College.  Mr. Rodearmel holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington, and a Master of Laws in Military and International Law from the Army Judge Advocate General's School.


Refreshments from Urban Cookhouse will be served.