Defense Advisory Committee on Investigations, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces

The Twenty-Fourth Public Meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces was held on Wednesday, September  21, 2022.

Arlington, VA - The twenty-fourth public meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces ("DAC-IPAD" or "the Committee"), was held on Wednesday, September 21, 20220, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  

The DAC-IPAD was established by the Secretary of Defense in February 2016, in accordance with section 546 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, as amended. The Committee is tasked to advise the Secretary of Defense on the investigation, prosecution, and defense of allegations of rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault, and other sexual misconduct involving members of the Armed Forces based on its review of such cases on an ongoing basis.

The Committee received a courts-martial observation briefing that was attended by a Committee member, followed by a briefing related to two recent Advanced Litigation Courses that were attended by some members of the Committee, followed by a review of upcoming sexual assault related courts-martial currently docketed by the Military Departments. During the last two sessions of the morning, the Committee received an overview of the appellate process, followed by a briefing of the Fiscal Year 2021 appellate case data project. After the lunch break, the Committee heard testimony from Service representatives from their Government and Defense Appellate Divisions. Finally, the Committee discussed appellate practice issues followed by public comment. The meeting concluded with a review of the day and a preview of the next public meeting.

The DAC-IPAD welcomes written input from the public on these topics or other issues under its consideration. Written comments must be received by the DAC-IPAD at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting date so that they may be made available to the Committee members for their consideration prior to the meeting. Written comments should be submitted via e-mail to the DAC-IPAD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please note that since the DAC-IPAD operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, all written comments will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection. Oral statements from the public will be permitted, though the number and length of such oral statements may be limited based on the time available and the number of such requests. Oral presentations by members of the public will be permitted from 4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST on June 22, 2022.

More information about the Committee, including the meeting agenda and materials, is available on its website at http://dacipad.whs.mil. In the event the Office of Personnel Management closes the government due to inclement weather or for any other reason, please consult the website for any changes to public meeting dates or time.

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