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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 open. Click the button below to get started.
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.
Background reading requirement- Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) -
America’s Army: Our Profession
Our Profession of Arms: Ethical Principles in the 21st Century Army (abstract & paper)
David K. Beavers
Clashing Moral Civilizations: Why is Relativism a Threat to the Military?
Daniel M. Bell, Jr. – General Hugh Shelton Chair in Ethics
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)
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
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
The Importance of Unit Climate in Effecting Moral Injury (abstract & paper)
Bigelow’s Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty: Virtue Ethics and the War on Terror (paper)
A Soldier’s Morality, Religion, and Our Professional Ethic:
Does the Army’s Culture Facilitate Integration, Character Development, and Trust in the Profession?
Alexander Shine and Don M. Snider (paper)
Stewardship and the Retired Senior Leader: Toward a New Professional Ethic (paper)
George R. Smawley
Finding Inspiration (abstract & paper)
George M. Stephenson
Dealing with Contemporary Moral Challenges by Re-discovering Historic Military Virtues (abstract & paper)
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
2011 Symposium Report (2mb pdf)
2010 Symposium Report (4mb pdf)
2009 Symposium Report (2mb pdf)
The CGSC Foundation’s 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Program came to an end Dec. 31, 2013. Final reports of the financial benefit to the Foundation are still being produced, but CEO Doug Tystad says he is very satisfied with the overall results of the program.
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