National Defense University Conference
Introspection and Reflection on Basic Tenets and the Way Ahead
10 January 2011
Organized by the Institute for National Security Ethics and Leadership (INSEL)
and the INSS Center for Strategic Conferencing
Reference material will be posted here as it becomes available.
The Obligations of Military Professionalism - "Service Unsullied by Partisanship", by Richard Swain, COL USA (Ret) http://www.ndu.edu/INSEL/docUploaded/obligations%20of%20military%20professionalism.pdf The purpose of this paper is to express a set of views on the ethical obligations of members of the American profession of arms in order to stimulate thoughtful discussion and broader debate about the proper limits of acceptable and effective professional conduct. These views are focused for most part on the obligations of commissioned officers, but they apply in many ways to the public and private conduct of senior non-commissioned officers, and indeed, all military members. They depend to a large degree on a particular understanding of the governing compact of this country and the behavior American citizens expect of their uniformed servants.
This paper is part of a larger project on military professionalism organized by NDU’s Institute for National Security Ethics and Leadership (INSEL). It was commissioned with two goals in mind:
• First, that it will inspire introspection and reflection by individual members and the military profession as a whole.
• Second, that it will encourage and enrich the discussion of these issues across the military education and training community.
A Thematic Bibliography on Military Professionalism, annotated by Jessica Groves, INSEL Research Assistant, compiled by Lily McGovern, NDU Research Librarian and Tim Baker, NDU Research Librarian http://www.ndu.edu/INSEL/docUploaded/MilitaryProfessionalismBibliography.pdf This is not intended to be an exhaustive or definitive bibliography, but rather a document that grows and evolves so as to remain relevant as new issues and new materials arise. We welcome any suggestions or recommendations for additional texts. Please email them to insel.ndu.edu
Updated: 7 January 2011