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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. James Giordano: Big Data, AI and Security/Defense on the Global Stage
How will the convergence of "big data," AI and neuroscience impact warfare? In a lunchtime lecture to Midshipmen, Dr. Jim Giordano--Professor of Neurology, Biochemistry and...
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Dr. Joe Thomas Guest on Power Presence Academy Podcast
    Fom Host Janet Ioli:  In this episode, I talk to Joe Thomas, director of the James Stockdale Center for ethical leadership at the US Naval Academy and an expert in...
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PBS Nationwide Premiere for Veterans Day - POW: Passing On Wisdom
P.O.W.: Passing on Wisdom shares the inspirational stories of Vietnam prisoners of war as they recall their experiences in surviving imprisonment and explores how these experiences can be...
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Dr. Roger Herbert, CAPT USN (ret.) on The Ethics of Special Operations.
What unique ethical challenges do special operators face?  In a lunchtime lecture to Midshipmen, Dr. Roger Herbert--USN CAPT (ret.), former commander of SEAL Delivery...

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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 thesis 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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