Special Report: The Ethics of Future Warfare



Special Report: The Ethics of Future Warfare

About this Report:

Beginning in 2009, the Command and General Staff College Foundation has partnered each year with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College to host an annual ethics symposium at Fort Leavenworth. These annual symposia provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to come together to discuss ethics as they relate to the profession of arms, the practice of state controlled violence, and national security.

The 2017 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium was conducted April 24-25, 2017, with the theme of “The Ethics of Future Warfare.” The symposium included a variety of guest speakers, panel discussions, and paper presentations.

Twenty papers were accepted for presentation at the symposium. This publication is a collection of seventeen of those papers, published as submitted.

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Inside this Report:

Secession and Jus Ad Bellum
by Richard E. Berkebile

Why Robotic War Will Challenge Current Morality in War Thinking
by John Brock and Dan G. Cox

You Can’t Say No: Find a Way to Say Yes
by O. Shawn Cupp and Nils J. Erickson

How Can the United States Army Leverage the Strengths of Three Disparate Generations
to Fight and Win the Nation’s Wars?

by Robert M. Farmer

Promises, Preponderance, Politics, and Provisions (Revisited)
by Dorothye Farrar

The Ethics of ISIS: Takfir in Surah 9
by Joshua Gilliam

A Leader’s Duty in Tragedy and Loss
by Francisco M. Hernandez

Jus ad Bellum: A Noble Concept in Need of Renewal
by Prisco Hernandez

The Moral Magnetic Field
by Jonathan Holm

The Islamic State’s Tactics in Syria: Role of Social Media in Shifting a Peaceful Arab Spring into Terrorism
by Steve Johnston

Lethal Targeting on the Conventional Battlefield: An Ethical Argument
by Kenneth T. King

The Assumption of Employing Ethically Sound and Trusted Agents for
the Future of Cyber Capabilities Must be Challenged

by Timothy Middleton

The Commanders Dilemma: Using Ethical Denial and Deception
by Kailah M. Murry

The “Ring of Gyges” Effect: An Ethical Critique of Lethal Remotely Piloted Aircraft
by Matthew D. Pride

Is the Just War Tradition Good Enough as a Framework for Future War?
by Bruce Roeder

Ethics of Hacktivism
by Tennille W. Scott and O. Shawn Cupp

Neuroethics Meets Just War Theory: Ethical Issues and the Development of the Third Offset Strategy
by Jason Unsworth


The Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium

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.

Character is foundational to a leader’s capacity to successfully navigate the shifting ethical terrain presented by constantly changing technologies and situations. Symposium participants had the opportunity to explore the effect of character on leadership as they wrestle through the ethical impact of technologies and their employment on the battlefield. The symposium included a variety of guest speakers, panel presentations and breakout topics.

It is the goal of Command and General Staff College and the Command and General Staff College Foundation to facilitate lasting relationships among the military and civilian academic community. To accomplish this goal, we invite military, academic and professional personnel to participate in the Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium. This allows us to build a community of expertise that includes both military and non-military thinkers.

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