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As Ben noted, earlier today the White House released a report on the legal and policy frameworks guiding the use of military force and related nation security operations. The document, as Ben puts it “the closest thing the administration has ever produced” to a comprehensive account of its legal views. Below is a detailed summary of the report.

Part One: Key Frameworks Related to the Use of Military Force Overseas

Part One of the White House report presents “key frameworks” related to the use of military force overseas. Its analysis is divided into five subsections: (1) domestic law and (2) international law bases for the use of military force, (3) the end of armed conflict with non-state armed groups, (4) domestic and international law considerations regarding international cooperation, and (5) application of the foregoing principles to a selection of “key theaters.”

Domestic law bases for the use of military force

The report identifies two domestic legal bases for the use of military force: the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the President’s “Commander in Chief” constitutional prerogatives. According to the report, “all three branches of the U.S. Government have affirmed the ongoing authority conferred by the 2001 AUMF and its application to al-Qa’ida, to the Taliban, and to forces associated with those two organizations within and outside Afghanistan.” To this end, the report cites a March 2009 Department of Justice brief on Guantanamo Bay detention, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and a number