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By PA TIMES online
October 13, 2015
The United States Military, and those of many countries, are among the most respected institutions in history. Yet contemporary issues arising a decade after the events of 9/11 have challenged the ethics of military institutions as never before. Terrorism, globalization, social upheavals and cyber warfare are some of the many new issues with which militaries across the globe must contend. Maintaining respect and engendering support in a war-weary world, while facing significant reductions in resources and personnel during a difficult operational period, have been a catalyst for refining the definitions of military ethics both from an individual and organizational perspective.
Public Integrity seeks paper proposals for a special symposium on Contemporary Issues in Military Ethics. Successfully addressing the ethical challenges of a multicultural, multidimensional professional military requires open inquiry and innovative applications. The need to find effective solutions to the highly fractious and ideological ethical challenges facing the military is of paramount importance in determining guidelines that will serve as a foundation for decision-making.
Paper proposals are sought in two areas:
1. Studies that illuminate the unique ethical challenges militaries are facing now.
2. Innovative approaches to address the ethical challenges in military policy, education, decision-making, warfare, social integration, politics and economies.
These studies may be of many different types, e.g., analytic or comparative studies, surveys or archival data, meta-analyses, or high quality literature reviews of contemporary materials. Multidisciplinary, US-specific or inter-country, and both individual and organizational perspectives are welcomed.