January 10, 2011
The past decade has posed formidable challenges to the professional military ethos, challenges that are likely to continue for years to come. NDU’s Institute for National Security Ethics and Leadership is organizing this one-day conference as the first major activity in a continuing project on military professionalism. As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen has said, "our professionalism must remain beyond reproach." These challenges require introspection and reflection on the part of the profession as a whole, by its individual members, and especially across the spectrum of military education and training. Thus, NDU has invited key leaders from the military education and training community to come to NDU for a day of such introspection and reflection. Following the Chairman’s call, we have invited as speakers distinguished military professionals, active duty and retired, to engage in such introspection and reflection.
0730 – 0815 Registration Marshall Hall, Atrium
0805 – 0815 Administrative Remarks Marshall Hall, Room 155
0815 – 0830 Welcome and Conference Overview
VADM Ann E. Rondeau, USN, President, National Defense University
0830-0915 Opening Keynote
ADM Mike Mullen, USN, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
0930-1045 Panel I: Military Professionalism and the Military Ethos
We start the day on a conceptual note, by going back to basics: What are the central elements of the professional military ethos? What are the key attributes of the military profession?
Moderator: Dr. Albert C. Pierce, Director, Institute for National Security Ethics and Leadership
· RADM Michelle Howard, USN, Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), The Joint Staff
· VADM Ann E. Rondeau, USN, President, National Defense University
· BG Sean MacFarland, USA, Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Combined Arms Center for Leader Development and Education and as Deputy Commandant of the Command and General Staff College
1100-1215 Panel II: Who is a Member of the Military Profession?
In his classic The Soldier and the State, the late Samuel P. Huntington argued that enlisted military personnel were not members of the profession: “Their vocation is a trade not a profession.” More than 50 years after that book was first published, the questions of who is a member of the military profession and who isn’t a member --- and why, or why not ---are still being debated. Is it determined by rank? By time in service? By completion of initial training? Only by being issued a commission? In this session, panelists offer interestingly different answers to those questions.
Moderator: Colonel Harry L Dorsey, Esq., J.D.,(Ret), Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, Industrial College of the Armed Forces – invited
· COL Matthew Moten, USA, Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of History, U.S. Military Academy
· Dr. Joseph J. Thomas (LtCol, USMC (Ret)), Lakefield Family Foundation Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership, U.S. Naval Academy
· Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia, USMC, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Joint Forces Command
1215-1330 Luncheon Room 155, Marshall Hall
Speaker: GEN Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret), Colin Powell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Character, NDU/INSEL and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
1330-1445 Panel III: Challenges in Providing Professional Advice
Moderator: CH (COL) Eric Wester, USA, Senior Military Fellow, Institute for National Security Ethics and Leadership
· LTG Julius W. Becton,Jr. USA (Ret), Vice Chairman, Military Leadership Diversity Commission and former Commanding General, VII Corps, U.S. Army Europe
· Lt Gen Jack L. Rives, USAF (Ret), Executive Director, American Bar Association and former The Judge Advocate General (TJAG), U.S. Air Force
1500-1600 Panel IV: Professional Disagreement on Policy
When, if ever, and under what circumstances, should a military professional express disagreement with declared policy or strategy? What are the principles that should guide the military professional in so doing? Are the principles different, or should they be applied differently, for active duty and retired military professionals? What are the parameters within which such disagreement should be expressed?
Moderator: Dr. Lorry M. Fenner, Director, Conflict Research Records Center, National Defense University
· ADM Leon A. Edney, USN (Ret) , former Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic and Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command
· MG Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret), former Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT) Iraq and former Commanding General, U.S. Army Infantry Center
1600-1645 Keynote Address on Civilian Perspectives
The principal clients of professional military advice include civilian leaders in the executive and legislative branches. To get civilian perspectives on these issues, we have asked a former Deputy Secretary of Defense to offer some of his experiences and insights on these issues.
Speaker: Honorable John J. Hamre, President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Deputy Secretary of Defense
1645-1745 Panel V: Political Activity by Retired Officers
When, if ever, is it appropriate for retired military professionals, especially retired senior officers, to engage in partisan political activity? Where and how should we draw the lines between appropriate and inappropriate activity? Why should they be drawn there? What about publicly endorsing candidates? Campaigning for them? Appearing or speaking at a national party convention?
Moderator: Mr. Harvey Rishikof, Esq., Professor of Law and National Security Studies, National War College
· GEN Charles G. Boyd, USAF (Ret), Starr Distinguished National Security Fellow, the Nixon Center and former Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command
· GEN John M. Loh, USAF (Ret), former Commander, Air Combat Command
1745-1800 Closing Remarks
VADM Ann E. Rondeau, President, National Defense University