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The Center’s mission is to empower leaders to make courageous ethical decisions. The Center’s priority audience is at the Naval Academy, yet the Center has a broader vision to be a “beacon to the nation,” exporting lessons from the Academy to influential leaders.

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Dr. Philip J. Ivanhoe - Confucianism: Then and Now
  Is the Chinese regime's goal of a "harmonious society" consistent with traditional Confucian values? In a short lecture to the Midshipmen, Dr. Philip J. Ivanhoe--former Marine,...
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Captain Ryan Bernacchi, Dr. Marc LiVecche - Top Gun Maverick
In the latest edition of the podcast “True North,” Marc LiVecche, the McDonald Distinguished Scholar of Ethics, War, and Public Life at Providence speaks with...
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Dr. Jovana Davidovik - "What's Wrong with Wanting a Human in the Loop?"
 In a new paper article published in The Texas National Security Review's journal War on the Rocks, Stockdale Center Senior Fellow Jovana Davidovic, address and...
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Dr. James Giordano, Dr. Diane DiEuliis, "Balancing Act: Precision Medicine and National Security"
 In a new paper published in Military Medicine, Stockdale Center Distinguished Fellow Dr James Giordano, and Dr Diane DiEuliis of National Defense University...

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How should the laws of armed conflict address the rise of AI-augmented decision-making?

10-26-2021 by Dr. Jovana Davidovic - USNA Class of 1962

When Machines Help Us Make Life-or-Death Decisions: How should the laws of armed conflict address the rise of AI-augmented decision-making.
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A Code of Ethics for the US Armed Forces? A Counterpoint

09-21-2021 by Dr. Joe Thomas

A counter-argument to the thisis presented by Col Bonadonna's paper at the War College. Perhaps a counter-intuitive argument, but each point is addressed individually. 
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The Least Abhorrent Choice?

03-21-2021 by Shaun Baker

When gaging the morality of the use of atomic weapons to end the Asia Pacific War, one of the things we are obliged to consider is the likely consequences of other options available at the time.
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Were the A-Bombs the Last Resort?

03-01-2021 by David Luban

The debate has never subsided about whether it was morally justified to drop the bombs. This essay examines why it is such a hard question morally and legally then examines whether they were even militarily necessary.
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Listen to inspiring, interactive, informative, and proactive Podcasts. Various discussions of leadership, ethics, and law.

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The New NE203 Course: Ethics and Moral Reasoning for the Naval Leader

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The Brigade Honor Concept Podcast

This six part podcast series is designed by Midshipman for their companymates, teammates and classmates. It is a tool to better understand the principles of the Honor Concept of the Brigade of Midshipmen.

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