Ethics Symposium


The Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium is an annual symposium co-sponsored and hosted by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc.

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The 2015 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium will be conducted April 20-23. This year’s theme is “The Professional Ethic and the State.” The symposium will include a variety of guest speakers, panel sessions, and general discussions.

This year’s symposium will explore the responsibilities and obligations between the United States and its military. We are on the brink of a new era following more than a decade of war. Many factors indicate this era will be characterized by difficult choices for the services and our civilian leadership. At the heart of these challenges lie the Army’s emerging doctrine and ethic of the military profession and the contract between the soldier to the state. What does the soldier owe the state; and, what are the state’s responsibilities to the soldier in return for his or her service and sacrifice to the nation?

The conference typically begins at 4 p.m. on Monday and concludes at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. There is a formal reception at 5 p.m. on the first day and a dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Dress for those events is jacket and tie/Class A or ASU uniform. Business casual or duty uniform is suitable for the rest of the week. Specific details about the 2015 symposium are still in the planning stages.


CGSC is issuing a call for unpublished papers for the 2015 Ethics Symposium.-–  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.  — Abstracts are due Dec. 5, 2014, and you’ll be notified if yours is selected by Dec. 19, 2014. The deadline for the final papers is April 1, 2015.

For additional information on the symposium please contact Chaplain Sean Wead at 913-684-3270 or

Resources and other documents for the 2015 Ethics Symposium are below.
Visit the Ethics Symposium Archive here.

Registration for students and invited guests to the 2015 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium is NOW CLOSED.


2015 Ethics Blog

Visit the 2015 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium Blog


Downloads and other resources

2015 Ethics Symposium Schedule (as of 16APR)–  Please note that all events are for registered attendees only. Unfortunately we can not accommodate spouses/guests at the reception, dinner or other sessions.

2015 Ethics Symposium Program (2mb pdf)

Fort Leavenworth Map– Symposium Locations

Lodging on Fort Leavenworth

Lodging near Fort Leavenworth


2015 Papers

Opening Remarks –
The Profession of Arms and the Moral State We are In: The Shared Mission of Ordered Liberty
Daniel M. Bell, Jr., Ph.D.

Intelligence Ethics: A Key to Much Bigger Issues
Michael M. Andregg, Ph.D.

Breach of trust: A Contributing Factor to Traumatic Stress Injuries in Soldiers
Lieutenant Commander David L. Bachelor, Chaplain, U.S. Navy, and Captain Jong Ho Chin, Chaplain, U.S. Army

Wounded Warriors as Army Professionals and The Tension Between Selfless Service and Self-Interest
Molly S. Boehm, J.D.

Maintaining the Public Trust Through Personal Interaction
Major Alexander Corby, U.S. Army

The Injustice of the Current Incantation of Jus Post Bellum
Dan G. Cox, Ph.D.

Veteran’s Administration:  Can it Provide What the Nation Needs it to Provide?
O. Shawn Cupp, Ph.D. and Don. A. Myer

Ethical Paradox, Cultural Incongruence, and the Need for a Code of Ethics in the U.S. Military
William J. Davis, Jr., Ph.D.

Moral Injury and the Problem of Facing Religious Authority
Chaplain (Major) Seth George, U.S. Army

A Uniform Code of Military Ethics
Tom Gibbons, Ph.D.

Jus ad Bellum, Conscience, and the Oath of Office: The Problem of Selective Conscientious Objection in the United States Military
Prisco Hernández, Ph.D.

The Erosion of Trust between America and Its Army
Ted Ihrke and Ted Thomas, Ph.D.

Towards Just Intelligence: Wielding Power More Legitimately in an Era of Persistent Conflict
Major John A. Jeffcoat, British Army

Kevlar for the Soul: The Morality of Force Protection
Marc Livecche, Ph.D. Candidate

Grounding British Army Values Upon an Ethical Good
Reverend PJ McCormack, Ph.D.

Multiple Ethical Loyalties in Guantanamo
Captain J. Scott McPherson, U.S. Navy, and Captain Albert J. Shimkus, U.S. Navy, Retired

Competing for Relevance – The Army Ethic in an Age of Moral Diversity
Colonel Brian M. Michelson

Ethical Considerations in Humanitarian Efforts
Bobbie Murray, Ph.D. Candidate

The Army Ethic
Major Mitchell Payne, U.S. Army

Veterans are Uniquely Suited to Fill Political Office
Rhonda Quillin

Preparing Soldiers of Character
Colonel Michael C. Sevcik, U.S. Army, Retired

Stewardship in the Army and Stewarding the State
Col. Jim Thomas, U.S. Army, Retired, and Ted Thomas, Ph.D.

Officers Should Not Vote
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Toner, U.S. Army

Striking the Balance Between Discipline and Justice: The Commander’s Role in the Military Justice System and its Impact on the Military Profession
Major Jennifer L. Venghaus, U.S. Army

The Two-Mirror Model: A Concept for Interpreting the Effects of Moral Injury
Chaplain (Colonel) Jeff Zust, U.S. Army

Visit the Ethics Symposium Archive (2009-2014) here