What We're Reading on AUMF Repeal

May 21, 2019


We’ve assembled articles to offer you important context and perspectives on how the AUMF has been stretched far beyond congressional intent, and ongoing efforts to end endless war.

Now is the Time to Repeal the 2002 AUMF 

Four Reasons to Repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act

Abuse of the 2001 AUMF weakens our national security 

Daniel L. Davis is a senior fellow for Defense Priorities and a former Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army who retired in 2015 after 21 years, including four combat deployments. He wrote this op-ed against the abuse of the AUMF.

Two Veterans Groups, Left and Right, Join Forces Against the Forever Wars 

VoteVets, a progressive organization, and Concerned Veterans, a conservative organization, are joining forces to advocate for AUMF repeal.

Barbara Lee Warned AUMF Would Create ‘Open-Ended War.’ And That’s What Happened. 

When Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) cast the lone vote against the congressional authorization to use military force after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she warned the bill could signal the start of “an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target.”

Brown Cost of War Project 

The Costs of War Project is a team of 35 scholars, legal experts, human rights practitioners, and physicians, which began its work in 2011. They use research and a public website to facilitate debate about the costs of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the related violence in Pakistan and Syria.

  • Watson Institute at Brown University
Sens. Gillibrand and Duckworth Call for Keeping 2002 Iraq AUMF Repeal in the NDAA  

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Tammy Duckworth (IL) wrote a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee leadership requesting that a provision to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq be included in the final National Defense Authorization Act for 2020.

Tim Kaine and the war on zombie wars 

Sen. Tim Kaine (VA) has been a leading advocate in the Senate for repealing AUMFs that have long outlived their intended purpose.

After the AUMF 

A paper in the Harvard National Security Journal from 2014 detailing the way that the AUMF has been abused, and arguing that a new AUMF would be a bad idea.

41 operations have been conducted in 19 countries under the 2001 AUMF 

This report from the Congressional Research Service sets out the 41 different operations for which the 2001 AUMF has been used as justification, and the 19 countries in which they have taken place.

Study shows that drone strikes lead to more suicide bombings 

A joint study by the group Action on Armed Violence and professors at Royal Holloway University in England shows that drone strikes were followed by increased suicide bombings in Pakistan.

Building an NDAA that Strengthens America’s Military 

This backgrounder aims to provide policy recommendations on some of the important issues that remain to be resolved after the passage of both the House and the Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

  • The Heritage Foundation