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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

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2024

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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