The military can't "train its way out of this," he says. "It has to address the systematic problems that arise" from a legal system that isn't run by trained professionals.
The Air Force has received significant negative attention in recent weeks following two reported instances in which a commanding general, while acting as the "convening authority," dismissed guilty verdicts against airmen accused of sexual assault.
SWAN advocates for "professionalizing the system," in the same way that cases in civilian courts are prosecuted by a district attorney. This would involve a literal act of Congress to change the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which governs the military's rules and regulations. Its process for legal proceedings is archaic and was created at a time when military lawyers were not as prolific on the battlefield as they are today, Jacob says.
"It's a situation where the military at some point needs to drag the UCMJ, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century," he says. "It really is an 18th century system."
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Corrected 06/12/13: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.