Accession Number:

ADA327302

Title:

Military Ethics as the Basis for the Senior Leader to Ensure that Military Force is Used Responsibly.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-05-16

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

This paper reviews the myriad definitions of military ethics and fashions a definition that is applicable to the unique demands of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It also reviews the ethical conflict of interest inherent in the JCS positions, as Presidential appointee senior military advisers, as well as military officers. The paper reviews the ethical collapse evident in the aborted resignation en masse by the JCS in August 1967, and reviews two mechanisms available for JCS level senior military leaders to voice ethical opposition to Presidential use of force decisions. The paper concludes that a return to a more purely military focus on the part of JCS and senior military leaders will ensure that Presidential force use decisions comport with military ethics requirements.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE