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Counter-Terrorism - International Law and Practice edited by Salinas de Frías, Ana María; Samuel, Katja; White, Nigel D (1st January 2012)

Part IV Judicial Responses, 25 The ‘Push-Pull’ of the Law of War: The Rule of Law and Military Commissions

Christopher Kannady, Peter Masciola, Michel Paradis

From: Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice

Edited By: Ana María Salinas de Frías, Katja Samuel, Nigel D White

Subject(s):
Rule of law — Geneva Conventions 1949 — Prisoners of war — Combatants, unlawful — Military assistance
The military uses the expression ‘push-pull’ to describe different strategies for managing supply lines. Under a ‘pull’ strategy, support is allocated on an as needed basis. Under a ‘push’ strategy, support is allocated on the basis of reasonable planning about what will be needed. Under a pull strategy, the operation can proceed flexibly, but always runs the risk of lacking what is necessary to succeed. Under a push strategy, the operation has abundant support, but runs the risk of becoming overburdened with excessive, useless, or counterproductive administration...
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