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 2014 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium will be conducted May 5-8 at the Frontier Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Professional Ethics and Personal Morality.” The symposium will include a variety of guest speakers, panel sessions, and general discussions.

The future of military warfare will certainly require deliberate moral reflection.  In an era of constrained resources, military forces must consider quantitatively and qualitatively how to affect the battlefield.  Issues to consider will include the use of technology, Special Forces instead of conventional forces, the use of proxy fighters, as well as our moral obligations to the profession of arms and to the society we serve.

The conference 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.

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

Resources and other documents for the 2014 Ethics Symposium and previous symposia are below.

Registration for students and invited guests to the 2014 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium is now closed.

Downloads and other resources

2014 Ethics Symposium Schedule (as of 23APR)  Please note that all events are for registered attendees only. Unfortunately we can not accommodate spouses/guests at the reception, dinner or other sessions. 

Fort Leavenworth map- symposium locations

Lodging on Fort Leavenworth

Lodging near Fort Leavenworth

2014 Papers

Background reading requirement- Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) -
America’s Army: Our Profession
Army Ethic White Paper (CAPE draft-10MAR14)
Ethics Symposium Read Ahead (ppt presentation)


Personal Morality and Professional Ethics: Overcoming the Division (Symposium Introduction paper)
Daniel M. Bell, Jr. – General Hugh Shelton Chair in Ethics

Clashing Moral Civilizations: Why is Relativism a Threat to the Military? (paper)
Daniel M. Bell, Jr. – General Hugh Shelton Chair in Ethics


Uprooting the Culture of Sexual Assault of the Armed Forces through a Gender Aware Perspective (paper)
Cheryl Abbate

Our Profession of Arms:  Ethical Principles in the 21st Century Army (abstract & paper)
David K. Beavers

Developing Good Soldiers: The Problem of Fragmentation within the Army (paper)- Note: This link goes to an external website where the article must be purchased ($39) before download.
Paul T. Berghaus and Nathan L. Cartagena

Just War in Combat Boots (abstract & paper)
Mike Burgess

Spiritual Dormancy: the Strategic Effect of the Depravation of God (abstract & paper)
James G. Erbach

Adaptive Disclosure: Critique of a Descriptive Intervention Modified for the Normative Problem of Moral Injury in Combat Veterans (abstract & paper)
Paul D. Fritts

The Strategogia: A (Newly Recovered) Socratic Dialogue (abstract & paper)
Prisco Hernandez

Character Development of U.S. Army Leaders: The Laissez-Faire Approach (paper previously published in the Sept-Oct 2013 edition of Military Review) Abstract
Brian M. Michelson

Moral Injury and the American Service Member:
What Leaders Don’t Talk About When They Talk About War (abstract & paper)
Douglas A. Pryer

The Importance of Unit Climate in Effecting Moral Injury (abstract & paper)
Rhonda Quillin

Ethics and the “Professionalization” of the U.S. Military
James E. Roper

Bigelow’s Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty: Virtue Ethics and the War on Terror (paper)
Matthew Shadle

A Soldier’s Morality, Religion, and Our Professional Ethic:
Does the Army’s Culture Facilitate Integration, Character Development, and Trust in the Profession? (paper published by the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute)
Alexander Shine and Don M. Snider

Stewardship and the Retired Senior Leader: Toward a New Professional Ethic (paper)
George R. Smawley

Finding Inspiration (abstract & paper)
George M. Stephenson

For Man and Country: Atheist Chaplains in the U.S. Army (abstract & paper)
Valeria R. Van Dress

Technological Innovation: Challenges to the Profession for Army Stewards (abstract & paper)
John A. Vermeesch

The Evolution of Military Ethics in the United States Army (paper)
Sean Wead

Dealing with Contemporary Moral Challenges by Re-discovering Historic Military Virtues (abstract & paper)
James Welch

Department of the Army Pamphlet 165-16 (DRAFT): Moral Leadership
To be presented by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Welch

2014 Other Papers

Ethics Can Be Taught (previously published in the December 2012 edition of Proceedings Magazine)
David G. Bolgiano, Lee DeRemer and A. Edward Major

Warrior Resilience and Thriving (abstract & paper)
Thomas A. Jarrett

Ethics Education of Military Leaders (previously published in the March-April 2014 edition of Military Review)
A Edward Major

2014 Presentations

Uprooting the Culture of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces through a Gender Aware Perspective (136kb ppt file)
Cheryl Abbat

Religion & Moral Injury (253kb ppt file)
James G. Erbach

Power, Ethics, and Leadership (420kb ppt file)
Dr. George E. Reed

Bigelow’s Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty: Virtue Ethics and the War on Terror (483 kb ppt file)
Matthew Shadle

The U.S. Army as a Military Profession (After a Decade plus of War and During a Defense Reduction) – (6mb ppt file)
Dr. Don M. Snider


Additional Presentations

U.S. Military Academy- Lesson plan — “Morality of Killing”

Previous symposia

2012 Symposium

2011 Symposium Report (2mb pdf)

2010 Symposium Report (4mb pdf)

2009 Symposium Report (2mb pdf)


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