Founded in 1988 at the direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO) is a joint, interagency, and multi-national organization responsible for:
(1) collecting and synthesizing data relating to legal issues arising in military operations,
(2) managing a central repository of information relating to such issues, and
(3) disseminating resources addressing these issues in order to facilitate the development of doctrine, organization, training, material, leadership, personnel, and facilities as these areas affect the military legal community.
To fulfill its mission, CLAMO examines military operational issues that impact core legal disciplines for judge advocates, whether those issues arise in combat, stability operations, humanitarian and disaster relief missions, or during defense support to civil authorities in domestic operations. CLAMO also serves as the central repository within The Judge Advocate General’s Corps for data, documents, and after-action reports pertaining to legal support to operations. CLAMO supports judge advocates by analyzing all data and information collected from foreign and domestic operations, developing lessons learned across all military legal disciplines, and by disseminating those lessons and associated documents (authorities, guides, templates, etc.) to the Army, and other services, through publications, instructions and training modules. CLAMO supports judge advocates in the field by responding to requests for assistance, by engaging in a continuous exchange of information with the Combat Training Centers (CTCs) and their judge advocate observer coach / trainers (OC/Ts), and by partnering with the professors at the TJAGLCS to create operational law training material.
CLAMO invites contribution of operational legal materials and suggestions, including legal after action reports (AARs), ideas from the field, comments about its products, and requests for information, assistance, or publications.