The position of the General Counsel of the Department
of Defense was established by the Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1953
and by Defense Directive 5145.1, August 24, 1953. The position was
derived from one of the original three Special Assistants to the
Secretary (1947) and the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legal and
Legislative Affairs) (1949).
Congress accepted Reorganization Plan No. 6, and it became effective
on June 30, 1953. Reorganization Plan No. 6 established the General
Counsel of the Department of Defense as substantially equivalent
in rank to the Assistant Secretaries of Defense. The authority of
the General Counsel as the Department's Chief Legal Officer is codified in
10 U.S.C. §140.
DoD Law of War Manual - June 2015, Updated May 2016
The Department of Defense Law of War Manual is an on-line publication available at this website, where it can be reviewed online or downloaded.
This reduces costs, enables immediate and wide access, and ensures that future revisions are likewise immediately and widely available to users.
Users are welcome to print out the manual for themselves. At this time, however, there is no print edition.
REQUEST FOR RESUMES
SUMMER HONORS LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM - 2nd Year Law Students
Attorney Term Positions
The DoD Office of General Counsel is soliciting resumes for multiple
attorney term positions. These individuals will be part of an interagency
team representing the government in over 200 habeas corpus petitions filed
in D.C. District Court by individuals detained by DoD at Guantanamo Bay.
These positions start immediately and are for a term of no longer than 3
years. The positions are GS13, 14, or 15 commensurate with experience and other factors. The ideal
candidate will have a background in civil or criminal litigation, experience
with intelligence matters and an active security clearance. These
positions will be in the Washington, D.C. area, with the potential for some
travel to Guantanamo. Send resumes detailing relevant experience to Kim Guy