Combatresearchandprose: open-sourced applied research examining combat and those marked by it: intro
Objective: provide to members of the national security/defense /veterans policy crowds top-shelf research products that assist their efforts to make informed and intelligent decisions on matters that affect those who’ve served in the United States military as well as in the military services of U.S. allies, and these service members’ families
Combatresearchandprose (CRP) is an Arizona-based sole proprietorship at present. Alternative business structures are under review.
CRP principal researcher is Charles L. K. Bloeser, M.A., J.D., a researcher whose published and still cited works begin in 1992. He’s licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Tennessee, U.S.A. After first serving as an assistant district attorney in the State of Oklahoma, his career in the courts has been spent in criminal trial, appeal, and post-conviction cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including certiorari practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Support staff isn’t needed at this stage, and it’s anticipated that collaborations with other researchers can be secured on a volunteer or independent contractor basis.
Combatresearchandprose will not engage in the provision of direct services. As an applied research and policy shop, education will be a core activity of CRP. Advocacy of the type prohibited for those organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status, will not be an activity of combatresearchandprose
Mobile: 520.306.6888 (USA)
This blogpost: a summary digital CV/bio of principal researcher is followed by an introduction to three inaugural applied research projects and an opportunity to examine in-depth two research products that have been recently published and released. These are followed by two examples of written products created as part of principal researcher’s ongoing examination of why people end up sleeping rough/ homeless, whether they’ve served in the Armed Forces or have not.
For the reader’s convenience, contact information for principal researcher Charles Bloeser is repeated at the end of this introduction to combatresearchandprose.
Combatresearchandprose: open-sourced applied research examining combat and those marked by it: principal researcher
Charles Bloeser is a Tennessee (USA) – licensed lawyer who is also a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is the son and grandson of military veterans and a U.S. State Department and ARAMCO (then: Arabian American Oil Company) brat.
Following a staff position on the successful 1996 re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), researcher began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma (USA). Since then he has spent the largest part of his legal career representing criminal defendants, appellants, and post-conviction petitioners in state and
federal trial and appellate courts in the United States, including the following:
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. District Court for Western District of Oklahoma
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeal for Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
Principal researcher is a past president of the OKC chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has served in American Inns of Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Nashville. He’s a member of Phi Delta Phi, international legal fraternity, and served on law review during law school.
A few words about this lawyer and researcher:
“He has frequently been in my court handling matters by appointment under the Criminal Justice Act. He is always prepared, effective, and above reproach, ethically.”
– U.S. District Court Judge
“. . . Charles has always been an innovative, responsible and thorough advocate for his clients. We don’t often agree, but he is a thoughtful professional in his representation. I have found him to be particularly scrupulous in ethical matters.”
– Assistant U.S. Attorney
“Charles himself is also admirably dedicated to improving his own practice. This past year, Charles called me several times for consultation on petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court. Although an excellent writer and advocate already, Charles solicited my insights as a former Supreme Court law clerk on how to make a compelling case for review. The result of Charles’ extra efforts were two petitions that made the best case for certiorari possible given the available facts and law, and that were better than many of the hundreds of petitions by regular Supreme Court practitioners that I have reviewed. Afterwards, at Charles’ request, we met to go over his petitions with an eye towards producing even stronger ones in the future.”
– Law Professor and former law clerk for two justices on the U.S. Supreme Court
Among researcher’s published research are works re Libyan-supported Jihadi terrorism in the Western Hemisphere, civilian-military law enforcement relations, federal criminal law, and Federal court procedure. His research agenda includes national security/defense/ veterans issues, with special attention to those suffering from shell shock aka combat trauma aka PTS/PTSD and related challenges.
Praise for author’s recent research products:
“Excellent piece of writing. You have an excellent start for a book about Wheeler. I wish I would have had some of your material for two of the Veteran’s Day speeches I gave the past couple of days. I’ll use next year.” Rear Admiral, USN (Ret), personal email re Cherokee DELTA Operator: Invisible. Not Unseeable.” (Nov. 2017)
“Stunningly accurate piece of writing that will hit a chord with anybody who has served in any of the war-torn areas of the world.” Senior Operations Officer/Flight Commander, RAF (Ret), commenting on “Thank You for Your Service.” (Sept. 2017)
“I have read your article very carefully. It is a most thought-provoking piece of writing by an expert in the true meaning of the word. . ..” Command Officer, Royal Navy (Ret), personal message re “Writing Is About Turning Blood into Ink.” (June 2018)
Researcher’s role as a participant in America’s “foster-child system”
The author’s responsibilities in criminal and civil matters while serving as an assistant district attorney for the State of Oklahoma were, among others:
(a) reviewing child welfare reports to determine which warranted applications for judicial child removal orders and possible criminal prosecution;
(b) representing the State’s interests in civil “deprived child” actions arising from these cases, as well as in civil cases alleging actions by minors that, if done by an adult, would be criminal offenses and subject to prosecution;
(c) learning whether a crime committed against or by a child occurred on land and under circumstances that authorized the State of Oklahoma to act (the judicial district I served is a patchwork of jurisdictions that include a number of Indian tribes and in which the land that the State couldn’t touch might be no bigger than the lot where the crimes occurred);
(d) primary assistant D.A. on call to respond to ER, courthouse, or other locations in order to seek, if necessary, order from the judge authorizing the emergency commitment of persons deemed danger to self or others, an order which, in the absence of suitable family, resulted in kids going into foster care;
(e) took turns with other assistant D.A.’s on call to respond to scenes of suicide and other deaths when requested by law enforcement;
(f) on occasion, participating in case conferencing with other relevant actors re children placed in the custody of child services and perhaps housed in foster homes; and
(g) serving as the District Attorney’s representative at some of the informal foster parent gatherings held in that judicial district.
Regardless of which side I’ve represented over the years, America’s foster system has always insisted on showing up, either openly or by lurking in the shadows in cases involving:
(a) criminal defendants, appellants, and petitioners who had been removed from their homes as children due to abuse, neglect or a parent’s inability to keep them housed, fed, and in school;
(b) clients whose children had been removed for any or all of the same reasons and who had not been reunited with their kids;
(c) persons arrested, charged and sometimes previously convicted for committing crimes against children, including sex crimes, assault, criminal neglect, and homicide; and
(d) persons who insisted on pleading guilty to crimes they didn’t commit or which the State couldn’t have proven at trial, under threat that child services would be sent into the home to remove their children if they did not plead guilty.
Citing this author’s research and writing: some examples and pinpoint cites
Combatresearchandprose: open-source applied research examining combat and those marked by it: 3 inaugural research activities
*** “Combat Translation Project”
“Combat Translation Project”: ongoing multi-product “research +” activity in support of bridging – among members of relevant policy crowds – an existing chasm in experience, knowledge, and understanding which divides the 93% of persons who’ve never served in the Armed Forces from the seven percent who have (U.S. data).
But here’s where grandad has a lesson for those of us who have never served. Had he known earlier what the intel really showed – that Communist China cared a great deal about what happened the other side of the Yalu river – it wouldn’t have mattered. It must not be allowed to matter.
Like all who serve, grandad was owned by the United States lock, stock, and barrel, to be used as his nation deemed necessary. Even if ordered to march into Hell itself.
The thing about that is this. We who are civilians might see such an order as time for a career change without giving notice. U.S. Marines, sailors, soldiers, airmen, and members of the U.S. Coast Guard who refuse to obey lawful orders breach the law and threaten the order, discipline, and unit cohesiveness without which the nation can neither defend itself nor otherwise pursue its interests.
*** Foster kids / military family applied research project:
2 components – new research article and proposed model legislative language
Child welfare services across the United States remove children from their homes after state authorities conclude that one or more children is in immediate danger of harm. “Harm” is generally defined as abuse or neglect. A recent report from the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that “just over 415,000 children and youth in the U.S. currently reside in foster care.”
Child welfare workers are not generally required to place children from military families with military foster families.
While, generally speaking, child welfare agencies prefer to place children with suitable family members nearby, that’s seldom possible when children are removed from military families stationed far from home.
Researcher has completed a substantive new research product that examines challenges and successes of foster kids who enter military service, as well as the threats to keeping military families together, especially during and after deployments.
Pursuant to discussions with legislative experts who’ve repeatedly demonstrated success in getting the states to adopt proposed model legislation, researcher will draft for their consideration proposed state and federal legislative language intended to keep military children clothed, fed, sheltered, and safe while increasing the likelihood that state child welfare authorities and the courts will reunite military children with their past and present service member parents.
*** Veteran staffed + veteran occupied civilian sector lock-up facilities
“Veterans Serving Veterans” applied multi-product research project. Initial pre-project research underway. Project objective: if comprehensive research activity confirms pre-project research findings, then project seeks to contribute applicable information and relevant facts necessary for public policy communities to make informed decisions re establishment of lock-up units for military veterans who are held pre-judgment or incarcerated following criminal conviction, with such facilities to be characterized by four attributes:
(a) both staff and population are comprised solely of military veterans;
(b) facility policies, procedures, and practices are informed by current science re specialized needs of this highly specialized population with an eye toward avoiding population management practices that trigger combat-trauma associated symptomology;
(c) the provision of expert individualized evaluation and treatment for detainees or inmates suffering from internal and external trauma, whether acquired in combat or otherwise; and
(d) for veterans serving term of imprisonment by judgment, the provision of pre- and post-release transition/re-entry services designed to seek solutions for veterans who face especially difficult challenges securing sufficient income, housing, and services due to felony convictions, “bad paper” discharges, loss of or ineligibility for VA and other federal benefits or professional licenses, or whose continued injuries restrict available work options.
** Discussions with experts who’ve seen their proposed model legislation passed into law by state legislatures should encourage not just protections for military families whose children are taken into emergency custody by state officials; it’s reasonable to expect that these nascent relationships can also contribute to legislative support for further experimentation, and the establishment of, vet-focused jails, prisons, and tenant institutions within existing facilities.
Almost 30 identified pre-project issues for this research activity include:
determination of how vet-dedicated facility to be designated / classified for purposes of institutional and inmate administration, for example, if facility designated under U.S. BOP, then inmates from USPs likely wouldn’t be allowed into the program but perhaps some from FCIs, dependent on offense of conviction, inmate disciplinary record, but most likely from lower-level correctional environments such as camps;
consideration of inmate disciplinary options and the extent to which these can be applied given a veteran’s particular mental and physical health considerations including, e.g., PTSD, blunt-force and explosive-blast-induced traumatic brain injury; absence or limitation of function with human limbs;
review extent to which WIT-SEC procedures can or must be employed for inmates at high risk of inside or external manipulation and threat by foreign governments, terror networks, and other threats to the safety of inmates and KSAs they possess;
examination of protections that need to be put in place for the protection of veterans who are not only inmates but also witnesses to crimes and other events for which they will be called to testify, including when an inmate is called to answer questions and/or testify in a criminal case against another housed inmate;
analysis of the various legal environments within which a vet-dedicated facility would operate, incl. state and federal constitutional requirements; process for redress and civil rights liability issues; professional licensing matters; applicable employment and contract law; applicability of statutory and DEA regulatory provisions concerning psychotropic drugs and their administration; and search for alternatives to exorbitant prison phone call rates and other practices and procedures that sever, often permanently, inmates from their families, resulting in increased vulnerability to health challenges, inability to access medical care and necessary medications, homelessness, and suicide.
Crafting proposed model legislation designed to get more military families back together is not the only research activity that benefits especially well from the tools in this particular lawyer’s skill set and experience. Writing amicus briefs in cases that affect past, present, and future members of the Armed Forces is another. This comment from a law professor who clerked for two justices on the United States Supreme Court is from a few years ago, and it is specific to this lawyer’s practice at the United States Supreme Court. The diligence and commitment to producing top-shelf legal work are the same:
“This past year, Charles called me several times for consultation on petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court. Although an excellent writer and advocate already, Charles solicited my insights as a former Supreme Court law clerk on how to make a compelling case for review. The result of Charles’ extra efforts were two petitions that made the best case for certiorari possible given the available facts and law, and that were better than many of the hundreds of petitions by regular Supreme Court practitioners that I have reviewed.”
Prof. Joe Thai, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Combatresearchandprose: open-source applied research examining combat and those marked by it: recent research products authored by principal researcher: 2 examples
STRIFE, a dual-format publication from the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, published in August 2018 the account of a now-deceased client, a combat-wounded veteran who fell between the cracks of a modern jail after his latest arrest for PTS-related domestic violence.
Between Christmas Eve 1994 and mid-April 1995, three terrorist attacks received worldwide attention: Algiers – Marseilles, Tokyo, Oklahoma City. Joshua L. Wheeler enlisted in Army infantry in May 1995.
During the summer and fall of 1996, I coordinated activities in support of an Army veteran’s reelection to the United States Senate. My zone of responsibility [for the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, United States Senator Jim Inhofe,] included the entirety of Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District [which includes Tulsa] a big chunk of OK-02 and a sliver of OK–03. Twenty counties in northeastern Oklahoma, almost all of which had entrenched majorities of conservative aka “Blue Dog” Democrats. Master Sergeant Joshua L Wheeler was born and raised in one of those.
The world’s a lot more dangerous place than Americans think. That’s why men like fallen Oklahoma Cherokee Josh Wheeler again and again honor their sworn duty to “fight whenever and wherever [their] nation requires.”