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I am delighted to introduce this important and timely paper written by a scholar with distinguished credentials and strong connections to the military and the Naval War College. Dr. Nordquist holds a doctorate in juridical science from the University of Virginia and earned a diploma in international law at Cambridge, where he attended Grey's Inn of Court. After active duty in the us. Marines, including service in Vietnam, he joined the State Department as an attorney and legislative counsel. Leaving government service for several years of private practice, he later returned to become Deputy General Counsel of the US. Air Force, serving as Acting General Counsel for six months in 1993. Since August of that year he has been a professor of law at the US. Air Force Academy. In 1995-96 he was the Charles H. Stockton Professor ofInternational Law at the Naval War College. It was in that academic year that he produced this Newport Paper.