Saturday, December 19, 2020

Extremism and hate groups: watch for a legislative proposal and other action

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller has issued a memorandum on Actions to Improve Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion in the U~S. Military. Among the action items:
Recommendation 14: Prohibit Extremist or Hate Group Activity.
• The USD(P&R), in conjunction with the USD for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)), will review current policy, laws, and regulations concerning active participation by Service members in extremist or hate group activity and develop a report, with recommendations, concerning initiatives to more effectively prohibit extremist or hate group activity. The report will leverage the ongoing efforts of the interagency working group on extremism. By March 31, 2021, the USD(P&R), in conjunction with the USD(I&S), will provide a plan of action and milestones for completing this review and subsequent report by June 30, 2021.
Recommendation 15: Update the Uniform Code of Military Justice to Address Extremist Activity.
• The DoD Office of the General Counsel (OGC), in coordination with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, will draft legislative language for consideration within the Executive Branch, to propose to Congress to update the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to address extremist activity within the military. By July 30, 2021 , based on the findings and recommendations of the report on extremist and hate group activity directed above, DoD OGC will provide a plan of action and milestones required to modify the UCMJ.

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