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The Long Commission, which investigated the terrorist bombing of the Beirut Marine barracks, recommended punitive action against officers in the chain of command. The president, however, ruled out courts-martial. This article examines the concept of command accountability and the role of the military justice system.

Professional dereliction and incompetence have rarely been punished since World War II. . . . Failure to do so has bred an atmosphere of professional unaccountability that encourages, because it does not penalize, repetition of failure on the battlefield.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Military offenses, Command of troops, Armed Forces--Regulations