About the 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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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
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
Lethal Targeting on the Conventional Battlefield: An Ethical Argument by Kenneth T. King
The Commanders Dilemma: Using Ethical Denial and Deception by Kailah M. Murry
Ethics of Hacktivism by Tennille W. Scott and O. Shawn Cupp