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 2018 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium was conducted April 30-May 1, 2018, with the theme of “The Impact of Diverse Worldviews on Military Conflict.” The symposium included a variety of guest speakers, panel discussions, and paper presentations.
Over thirty papers were accepted for presentation at the symposium. This publication is a collection of nineteen of those papers, published as largely as submitted.
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Inside this Report:
Lethal Autonomous Weapons and the Professional Military Ethic
by Jonathan J. Batt
Understanding the Causes of War: Analysis and Recommendations on Self-Development for Military Professionals
by Christopher J. Heatherly and Ian Melendez
Reciprocity and the Search for a Guiding Principle in Cross-Cultural Relations: A Philosophical Essay
by Prisco R. Hernandez, Ph.D.
Shaping Small Unit Ethics
by Richard S. Higashi
Medics and Mortality: Discussing Death in Modern Military Medical Training
by Ann Jeschke, Ph.D.
What Were You Thinking? Discovering your Moral Philosophy Using the Forensic Approach
by Richard A. McConnell, Ph.D. and Evan Westgate
The Southern Caucasus: Ethical Challenges Informing the Application of American Power
by Mark V. Montesclaros
Just War Theory: North Korea and Preemptive War
by Zachary L. Morris
The Ethical Body, Selecthics and the Should, Would, Could Trilemma
by Brandt A. Murphy
Fighting Bad Wars Better: Reconsidering the Human Terrain System
by Molly J. Schaefer
Ethics of Fiscal Responsibility in Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Appropriate or Mismanagement?
by Greg A. Suguitan and O. Shawn Cupp
The Need for “Objective E”
by Robert G. Young
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.