2014 Ethics Symposium Archive

The 2015 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium was conducted May 5-8, 2014.

The 2014 theme:

Professional Ethics and Personal Morality

The 2014 ethics symposium sought to broaden the dialogue surrounding the Professional Military Ethic – to discuss the contemporary ethical issues facing our Soldiers and leaders at all echelons of our Army and to look into what the future may possibly hold. The future we face is rife with questions that need to be discussed now. In an era of constrained resources, deliberate moral reflection is required and military forces must consider quantitatively and qualitatively how to affect the battlefield. How do we negotiate our personal beliefs which may conflict with professional requirements of the military? How do we develop ethical Soldiers from a fragmented social society? Other 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. Answers to these questions and many more don’t come easy. They are developed over time as the discussions surrounding them continue to evolve. This ethics symposium is meant to be an avenue of intellectual discourse and awareness – a path to a better understanding of the ethics of the Profession of Arms.

Downloads and other resources

2014 Ethics Symposium Schedule

2014 Ethics Symposium Program – Includes the agenda, panel and breakout session summaries, guest speaker and panel member biographies and other details.

2014 Papers and Presentations

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) – Note: Paper not available online.
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)