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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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13-16/19-22 April 2021 - McCain Conference (online)

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First Bell Lecture Series: Dr. Bruce Jones, "To Rule the Waves"
  The Stockdale Center and the Forum on Integrated Naval History and Seapower Studies (FINHSS) present a First Bell Lecture in Naval Leadership and History, "To Rule the Waves:...
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Dr. Nancy Sherman: Five Myths About Stoicism
  Dr. Nancy Sherman, philosopher at Georgetown University and former Distinguished Chair of Ethics at the Stockdale Center presented a lecture entitled "Five Myths about Stoicism."...
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McCain Virtual Conference 2021, Day 7 - Dr. Ed Barrett, Dr. George Lucas, Dr. Jens David Ohlin - Ethics, Cyber Operations and Election Manipulation
The seventh panel of the 2021 McCain Conference explored the ethics of two specific and often related activities in the grey zone: cyber operations and election manipulation.  Dr...
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McCain Conference, Day 6: Dr. Ed Barrett, Dr. Tami Meisels, Dr. Michael Gross - Ethics in the Grey Zone - Hostage Taking and Media Warfare
Day five, we explored broad frameworks for ethically assessing responses in the grey zone.  Today we apply those frameworks to two specific grey zone activities--hostage taking and media...

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

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