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January 24, 2013

Forbes article examining women in combat includes comments from Wayne Law professor and author Kingsley Browne


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to allow women to serve in military combat roles, reversing a 1994 policy that excluded women from serving in combat units. Kingsley Browne, professor at Wayne State University Law School and author of “Co-ed Combat: The New Evidence That Women Shouldn’t Fight the Nation’s Wars,” calls the decision “misguided.” “The fact that the decision precedes the assessment phase is putting the cart before horse,” he says. “The Marine Corps has done rigorous testing but haven’t gotten very far because they haven’t gotten many women volunteers.” Browne argues that because women are not physically built like men, attempts to integrate them may lead to lowered standards overall. Additionally, he believes women in combat units may negatively change the dynamics, creating conditions of sexual competition and sexual harassment.

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