War Powers

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force: Is an Update Required?

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Thursday, September 28, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force was passed by Congress on September 14, 2001. This authorization is still used today to justify military actions taken by the Trump administration against ISIS and other terrorist organizations around the globe.

On September 15, the Senate rejected Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal to amend the Authorization that would have given it an expiration date of 6 months. Sen. Paul and others hoped that the deadline would force Congress to act and pass legislation to redefine executive and congressional war powers. Prof. Robert Turner and Prof. Steve Vladeck will join us to discuss the AUMF and its future.


  • Robert F. Turner, Professor, General Faculty Distinguished Fellow and Associate Director, Center for National Security Law
  • Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law

The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches - Event Audio/Video

Article I Initiative
Mickey Edwards, Andrew C. McCarthy, Nathan Kaczmarek July 13, 2017

What kind of war power does the Constitution grant the President and Congress? What limitations apply to each branch concerning the power to declare war and the use of military force? Over time, how has the Framers’ understanding been followed and in what ways has it been ignored? Do the founding principles regarding these topics still have application to our modern era? Former Congressman Mickey Edwards and National Review Institute Senior Fellow Andrew C. McCarthy joined us for an insightful discussion of these and other topics.

This event was held on July 7, 2017, at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.


  • Hon. Mickey Edwards, Former Congressman, Vice President and Program Director, Rodel Fellowships In Public Leadership, Aspen Institute
  • Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute
  • Moderator: Nate Kaczmarek, Deputy Director, Article I Initiative, The Federalist Society

Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC

National Intelligence Reform - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Benjamin Powell, David R. Shedd, Matthew R.A. Heiman June 14, 2017

During the presidential campaign, there were calls for changes to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), a federal agency created in response to the events of 9/11 to ensure that the seventeen organizations that make up the intelligence community act in a coordinated fashion. Following President Trump’s inauguration, former Senator Dan Coats was appointed as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). There has also been significant media coverage around the relationship between the intelligence community and the President. During this Teleforum, we were joined by intelligence experts to discuss the relationship between the President and the intelligence community, whether the ODNI is in need of reform, and the top priorities of DNI Coats. 


  • Benjamin Powell, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • David Shedd, Advisory Board Member, Beacon Global Strategies LLC
  • Moderator: Matthew R. A. Heiman, Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Associate General Counsel, Johnson Controls