Mar 14 2013
Full Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and Ranking Member Adam Smith, Military Personnel Subcommittee Chairman Joe Wilson and Ranking Member Susan Davis lead a bipartisan group of HASC members in a letter to Secretary Hagel to express their concerns.
WASHINGTON - In light of a recent decision overturning a guilty verdict involving sexual assault charges in a court martial, leaders of the House Armed Services Committee have written to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking for answers to specific questions about the application of military law in this area. See the signed letter here (PDF). Full text below.
Dear Mr. Secretary:
Recently, a convening authority overturned the guilty verdict in an Air Force court-martial involving sexual assault charges. That decision has raised significant concerns among Members of Congress regarding not only the appropriateness of the decision, but also the rationale for the underlying statutory authority upon which the decision was based. We share those concerns.
Given the intense Member interest in this issue, we expect that it will be a matter addressed in the committee’s deliberations on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. In order to assist our deliberations, we would ask your expeditious responses to the following questions:
To further assist our deliberations in this matter, we request that you provide the Committee with the following, as soon as possible:
We look forward to your responses and with working with you as the Committee deliberates this issue as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2014.