Does AUMF Need to be Updated?
In the wake of service members being killed in Niger, some in Congress have expressed an interest in Congress reviewing, debating and re-authorizing the current Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Both President Trump appointees argued the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, remain a sound basis for ongoing U.S. military operations against an expanding and changing threat in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). The Pentagon recently released a report that indicates the Department of Defense has spent more than $1.4 trillion on GWOT since September 11, 2001