by Richard Eisenberg, who served as special counsel to the General Counsel of the Army and the Air Force during the Obama administration, and Alex Wagner, who served as chief of staff to the 22nd Secretary of the Army and is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project.
Last Monday, a federal district judge blocked enforcement of critical parts of President Trump’s directives banning and purging transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military. Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s decision in Jane Doe 1, et. al. v. Trump, a case brought in the District of Columbia, is one of at least three pending cases involving challenges to Trump’s order, and highlighted the challenges the government will have in defending Trump’s policy decision and chosen method of implementation. (Another suit, Stone v. Trump, is scheduled for oral argument on November 9 in the District of Maryland. And a third, Stockman v. Trump, is pending in the Central District of California.)