Retired General Carter F. Ham, former Commander, U.S. Africa Command, addressed 2015 Ethics Symposium attendees along with the current CGSC class in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center this morning.
Ham spoke about a myriad of ethical issues in his experience, including his time on special projects such as the report on the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG) report.
In a survey distributed after Ham’s presentation, ethics symposium attendees were asked what was their significant “take-away” from his remarks. Here are some responses:
• [Gen. Ham] spoke from the heart and everything he said was absolute truth and made absolute sense as far as the direction we need to go in order to fix the gaps between current state of the institution and the trust of the American people.
• I agree with his assessment that there really never was “the good old days.” Ethical lapses have always happened, it’s just that current information technologies mean that we live in a panoptic society where sweeping stuff under the rug is no longer feasible.
• I’m curious if he sees the transparency it creates as a hindrance to the military. From what he said it seems the service is not worse off today, it is just more visible to the public. If that visibility is the reason to change we’re missing the point.
What issues Gen. Ham discussed made the biggest impression on you? How do you feel about his remarks about military officers resigning in a very public manner? – Share your thoughts in the comments below.