Stockdale Center  


Authorized by the Secretary of the Navy in 1998, the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics (CSPME) undertook an ambitious mission – to promote and enhance the ethical development of current and future military leaders. In February 2006, the Superintendent of the Naval Academy directed the expansion of the Center, and the Center was renamed the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.

The Center could not have a finer model as its namesake than this most distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Admiral Stockdale was a man of unsurpassed courage and integrity who clearly understood the gravity of a leader’s moment of ethical decision.



The Stockdale Center's latest publication, Ethics Goes to the Movies III, is now available in the "books" section of our publications area. The volume features discussion guides for these recent films: Catch Me if You Can, Charlie Wilson's War, Courage Under Fire, Flight, Lone Survivor, Scent of a Woman, Thank You for Smoking. These are the result of hard work by Midshipmen and TAD Ensigns over the course of the 2013-14 Academic year. You can find the new volume at the link


The Playlist for the 2014 McCain Conference is now available on the Center's YouTube page Please follow the link to view most of the proceedings, including panels on the religious and cultural influences on traditions of thought concerning ethics in warfare. Islamic, Hindu and Orthodox Russian thought are among the schools examined.

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