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Defending the Rule of Law: The Military Commissions Defense Organization

By Brigadier General John G. Baker, USMC

Brigadier General John G. Baker, USMC standing in front of the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), Arlington, Va. 

In a 2004 briefing, Air Force Colonel William Gunn, the first Chief Defense Counsel for Military Commissions, is reported to have written the letters V‐U‐C‐A on a blackboard to describe the mission of the commissions defense function. In the ensuing years, despite a presidential pledge to “restore the Commissions as a legitimate forum for prosecution while bringing them in line with the rule of law,”1 our mission remains Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. What follows is an introduction to the through-the-looking-glass V-U-C-A world of the Guantanamo military commissions from the perspective of the leader2 of the Military Commissions Defense Organization (MCDO), the organization charged with providing defense services to accused facing charges before military commissions.

While military commissions are a traditional means for trying “

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