Col. Steven Henricks discusses Rule of Law missions he has been involved with during his military career, including his observations on tensions between various actors in these missions. He provides discrete examples from three different units with which he has worked. Among lessons learned, he explains how his experiences highlight a need to re-focus Rule of Law efforts with more emphasis on local sensitivities.
Henricks is a 2015-2016 Army War College Fellow at the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence. An experienced military jurist, Henricks’ legal assignments have included Staff Judge Advocate, Combined Joint Task Force 10, Regional Command East, Bagram, Afghanistan (2014); Trial Counsel (Prosecuting Attorney) in the court-martial US v. Major Nidal M. Hasan (2009-13); Acting and Deputy Chief of the Defense Appellate Division, US Army Legal Services Agency (2006-2008); the Chief of Justice for Task Force Band of Brothers, Tikrit, Iraq (2006); Chief of Justice, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Fort Campbell, Kentucky (2005); and Judge Advocate, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force—Arabian Peninsula (2004).