Special Report: Ethical Implications of Large Scale Combat Operations
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 2019 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium was conducted March 25, 2019, with the theme of “Ethical Implications of Large Scale Combat Operations.” 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 sixteen of those papers, published as largely as submitted.
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Inside this Report:
A Survey of Military Oaths in Russian History
by Shushanna Baumann
The Persistent Holocaust and the Kielce Pogrom of July 1946
by David Cotter
Captain Miller or Major Powers? Developing the Proper Ethical Culture for Large Scale Combat Operations
by William J. Davis, Jr. and Mark Kormos
War Crimes in the Philippines during WWII
by Cecilia Gaerlan
The Military Officer in Moral Jeopardy or The Problem of Serving Under Unethical Senior Leaders: A Philosophical Essay
by Prisco R. Hernández, Ph.D.
Reimaging “Honorable Death” in Future Large Scale Combat Operations
by E. Ann Jeschke, Ph.D. and Sarah L. Huffman, Ph.D.
Military Intelligence Officers Analytical Integrity Education
by William A. Martin
The Ethical Considerations of Unmasking Procedures
by Joshua A. Metz
“Plans from Hell”: Ethical Implications of the Third Reich’s Vision for War in the East
by Mark V. Montesclaros
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.