by Charles “Cully” Stimson
The Heritage Foundation
March 10, 2014
Backgrounder
Signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2013, the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains reforms aimed at preventing and reducing sexual assault in the military. Considered in their totality, these reforms represent the most comprehensive rewriting of the military justice system in decades. Yet reforming a complex criminal justice system takes time, and demonstrating the positive results of such change takes even longer. Combating sexual assault both within and outside of the military is an important public policy goal. Therefore, these specific reforms, many of which will not be implemented for months, must be given time to effect positive, measurable results. Ultimately, these reforms will improve the military criminal justice system and empower those charged with combating sexual assault.



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