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The United States Military in the New Millenium

February 22, 2000

Dear Colleague:

The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at the Duke University School of Law will sponsor a major conference at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC on April 13-14, 2000 entitled The United States Military in the New Millennium. We hope that your schedule will allow you to attend.

The armed forces of this country are facing unprecedented challenges as we move into the new century. The services are striving to meet their individual recruiting and retention goals to ensure an adequate force structure in the event of another major deployment, such as last year's NATO humanitarian intervention in Kosovo; while at the same time the ops tempo and the tasking of our military personnel for such nontraditional missions as assisting civilian law enforcement in drug interdiction and countering terrorist threats seem to be constantly increasing. There are social issues currently confronting our civilian and military leadership, such as whether there should be a reappraisal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" policy regarding homosexuals serving in the forces, whether current policy restraints on women serving in certain combat positions should be modified, and whether the services have dealt adequately with claims of sexual harassment within the ranks. These issues seem to have taken on a heightened significance in this election year, and they have become even more challenging since fewer and fewer members of Congress have served in the military or have had exposure to military culture. There have also been challenges to military discipline, as evidenced by several service members refusing to take required inoculations against anthrax; and, as we celebrate fifty years of military justice under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, questions arise as to whether the Code needs to be changed to accommodate a more mobile and high technology force. Our conference will assemble a prestigious group of administration officials, current and retired senior military officers, and some of our nation's leading scholars and commentators in an attempt to focus on these and other issues confronting our armed forces.

As noted above, the conference will be held at the Washington Duke Inn at 3001 Cameron Boulevard in Durham. A block of rooms has been reserved for this conference, but you must make your reservation with the hotel ((919) 490-0999) or (800) 443-3853 by 8 p.m. on 3/13/00. The single/double room rate for the conference is $132.00/$147.00 plus tax, so please advise the Reservation Office that you are with the Duke University School of Law conference to receive the group rate. Other hotels/motels, conveniently located to the conference site, are available in the area. Making your hotel reservation and guaranteeing late arrival, if necessary, will be your responsibility. Although there is no registration fee to attend the conference, the cost for the conference meals for those attending is $25.00 for each of the two luncheons and $45.00 for the Thursday evening reception and dinner. Checks are to be made payable to the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and returned with the completed registration form by Monday, April 3rd, 2000. In the event you should find it necessary to cancel your meal reservations, a refund will be provided if notice of cancellation in writing is received at the Center by Friday, April 7th, 2000.

I hope to see you at the Washington Duke Inn for this important conference.

Sincerely,

SCOTT L. SILLIMAN
Executive Director