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Supreme Court Preview of the 2018 Term

The Supreme Court returns October 1 for its 2018-2019 Term, and the justices will tackle of number of important issues. The Court will consider questions related to Congress’s ability to delegate legislative authority to executive branch officials or administrative agencies in Gundy v. United States, and the requirement that property owners seeking just compensation from the government for a “taking” must first exhaust all options in state court before applying to federal court in Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania. In Frank v. Gaos, the justices will look at the practice of courts issuing awards in class action lawsuits that line the pockets of third-party advocacy groups, rather than the individuals who were actually injured, and the scope of the federal government’s right to detain illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in Nielsen v. Preap. In Timbs v. Indiana, the Court will consider whether the Eighth Amendment’s “excessive fines” clause applies against the states. In addition to these and many others, what other cases on the horizon might the justices add to the docket? And how will the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the potential confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh shape the Court in the next term? Join us as two distinguished Supreme Court litigators discuss what is likely to unfold in the next Supreme Court term.

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Re-Designing the Marine Corps for Future War: Necessity or Madness?

General David H. Berger, Marine Corps Commandant, is aggressively pushing a dramatic redesign of the Corps for future war incorporating new missiles, advanced sensors, unmanned platforms, and hypervelocity weapons. HisForce Design 2030effort has drawn enthusiastic support from those who agree that the Corps must change to remain relevant on a more lethal battlefield. But it has generated an equally fervent amount of criticism from others who think the effort is overly focused on China—rendering the Corps irrelevant across a range of other potentially more likely scenarios. To achieve its vision, the Corps is doing away with tanks, reducing conventional artillery, shrinking units, and placing new demands on the Navy, already struggling to modernize its fleet. But it is adding anti-ship missiles, doubling-down on unmanned systems, and reenergizing a profound discussion about the importance of naval power.Will a redesigned Corps make it irrelevant for land operations against conventional militaries of larger state powers or irregular forces like terrorist groups? Or are General Berger’s designs essential to America’s future ability to conduct nearly any military operation in any theater against a host of potential enemies?Join us for an in-depth conversation about all of this with nationally recognized experts who hold informed opinions on both sides of this issue: Dr. Frank G. Hoffman, Lt. Col. USMCR (Ret.), Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University, and Mark F. Cancian, Colonel, USMCR (Ret.), Senior Advisor, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.