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Symposium Report: The Ethics of Future Warfare

Symposium Report: The Ethics of Future Warfare

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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Inside the 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

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