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 open. Click the button below to get started.


Downloads and other resources

2014 Ethics Symposium Schedule (as of 8APR)  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

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
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
Prisco Hernandez

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

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

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

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)
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

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

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

Previous symposia

2012 Symposium

2011 Symposium Report (2mb pdf)

2010 Symposium Report (4mb pdf)

2009 Symposium Report (2mb pdf)


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Ethic Symposium Registration Open

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.”


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