Brigadier General Barrye Price
Director, Human Resources Policy Directorate, Office of the Army G1
Statute, Statue, or Shield?”
Thursday, August 9, The Ramada, 9:00 am
The Posse Comitatus Act (PCA) has existed within the United States for more than 132 years. Why has this statute–comprised of forty-nine words and written with as loose a construction as the U.S. Constitution itself–endured the test of time? How has it evolved into a doctrine and concept which has proven more constraining as any law affecting the military?
Is the PCA a statute—a decree, something laid down or declared as fixed or established? A law enacted by the supreme legislative branch of a representative government? Or is the PCA a shield, a protective device with which the military can hide behind? These are the fundamental questions and current issues that Brigadier General Price will address.
Brigadier General Barrye Price is a 1985 Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Houston’s College of Business Administration. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in History in 1994 from Texas A&M University and in 1997 he became the first African-American to obtain a doctorate from the Department of History at Texas A&M University. General Price served on the President and First Lady’s Task Force on “Raising Responsible and Resourceful Teenagers” in 2000; served on President Clinton’s “Mississippi Delta Task Force”, and is the author of the 2001 volume: Against All Enemies Foreign and Domestic: A Study of Urban Unrest and Federal Intervention Within the United States.
Please join us for what will be a very interesting discussion. A full breakfast will be served ($15 at the door; $10 for students), so recommend you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy some coffee and conversation.