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Informal discussions of leadership, ethics, and law by and for the Naval Officer.



Encore: The Stockdale Paradox (11:39) Joe Thomas   Episode #114

How did a first century philosopher named Epictetus guide VADM James Stockdale through seven and one half years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam? What does it mean to embrace things that are within our power versus things that are beyond our power? Is optimism a good thing, or can it lead to your demise? We talk with Dr. Joe Thomas, the Director of the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the US Naval Academy. He dives into the Stockdale Paradox.


Cultural Connection and Empathy (15:12) Clementine Fujimura   Episode #113

How and why does Empathy matter? What about Mindfulness? What comes first, empathy or self-awareness? We discuss the importance of how a culture organizes its time and space, and how that relates to connection. How can a Midshipman develop empathy? Dr. Clementine Fujimura is the Director of Area Studies at USNA. As the sole anthropologist at the Naval Academy, Professor Fujimura has served the Naval Academy community extensively since 1993, supporting the mission in creating adaptable, successful officers who will lead a diverse Navy and Marine Corps at home and abroad. She has published widely on the subject of marginalized youth groups in Russia, as well as military culture in the United States and Germany. She has received the USNA 2021 Civilian Faculty Service Excellence Award, developing much of the coursework in Foreign Area Studies and currently teaches three of the essential classes, as well as language classes in German and Russian. She has supported the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, the Leadership Ethics and Law Department, and the International Programs Office.


Artificial Intelligence is a Joint Mission (30:38) LtGen Michael Groen, USMC   Episode #112

We are at an inflection point in warfare, just as significant as the introduction of gunpowder or the airplane. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is transforming U.S. Joint warfighting and departmental processes through the integration of Artificial Intelligence. Does the JAIC work in the data center, or at the tip of the spear? How does it work with service components, and with civilian tech companies to get the job done? What are the ethical implications of AI in the DOD? What can a junior officer do today, to make sure s\he is ready to use AI assets? LtGen Michael Groen, USMC, is the Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. In prior roles, LtGen Groen was assigned to the National Security Agency, and served as the Deputy Chief of Computer Network Operations. He served as the Director for Intelligence, Joint Staff (J2) in direct support of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Joint Staff. He has served in a variety of operational, ground, air, and naval units in Central America, the Western Pacific, the Philippines, the Balkans and Iraq.


When can I blame the Artificial Intelligence? (13:50) Jovana Davidovic   Episode #111

What is the Responsibility Gap with respect to Artificial Intelligence? Should you always trust an AI weapon system to make the right call? Why is it important to have explanations of algorithmic outputs? What do different scholars have to say about how to "solve" the responsibility gap? We talk with Jovana Davidovic, PhD. about how to solve the concerns about the Responsibility Gap. Jovana Davidovic (PhD, University of Minnesota, 2011) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Iowa, where she also holds a complimentary appointment at the Law School and the Center for Human Rights. Her research focuses on military ethics and philosophy of international law and has been published in venues such as Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Military Ethics, Ethics and International Affairs, Journal of Applied Ethics, and others. Davidovic has also worked extensively as an ethics consultant, most recently serving as the Chief Ethics Officer for BABL AI, an algorithmic bias auditing and ethics consultancy. She is a resident Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.


Adaptability and Naval Special Warfare (13:26) RADM Wyman Howard III, USN   Episode #110

What are the challenges faced by the United States and its allies in facing irregular statecraft and operations in the gray zone? How do US "frogmen" shift back to their roots? How important is Adaptability to our profession as naval warriors? What are the core elements of NSW's ongoing transformation? How does Artificial Intelligence and Cyber fit into the SEAL teams? RADM Hugh Wyman Howard, USN, is a fourth generation Naval Officer and a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a SEAL officer who commands Naval Special Warfare Command. He has commanded at all levels of Special Operations, including service as commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He holds several Masters degrees, plus a Professional Certificate in Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is an Eagle Scout.


Leadership and Log Canoes (17:56) Ken Reightler   Episode #109

How can the Chesapeake Bay teach leadership lessons? Professor Ken Reightler is a former astronaut and test pilot. He has worked with some of the most advanced systems on and off the planet. We discuss how working to rebuild an historic boat, a Chesapeake Bay log canoe, ranks high on the scale of leadership challenges that he has dealt with. And as a skipper of that watercraft, what do you need to think about in recruiting, training and racing with a crew, some of whom are human ballast. Professor Ken Reightler (CAPT, USN ret.) is a former NASA astronaut and pilot of two successful space shuttle missions including STS-60, the first U.S./Russian Joint Space Mission. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School and served two tours at the Naval Air Test Center as a test pilot, project officer and flight test instructor pilot. He is a 1973 graduate of the Naval Academy, and he is currently the Tig H. Krekel, Class of ’75, Distinguished Chair in Space Science at the Naval Academy. He enjoys racing Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes each summer on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


Empathy and Leadership (18:40) Joe Thomas   Episode #108

We discuss Empathy, and its place in Leadership. Is being empathetic incompatible with the military? How can empathy for others be an enabling factor of effective leadership? Is there a link between stoicism and empathy? What can you do to become more empathetic? Joe Thomas currently serves as the Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the US Naval Academy. A retired Marine, he served previously as the Class of 1961 Professor of Leadership Education at USNA and as Director, MajGen John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute at Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. Joe holds masters’ degrees from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the US Army War College, a PhD from George Mason University, and Certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institute.


Humanitarian Operations (24:58) CAPT Jason Rimmer, USN   Episode #107

We continue our discussion with CAPT Jason Rimmer, US Navy. In this episode, we talk about the important role that the Navy\Marine Corps team has in support of Humanitarian Operations worldwide. He was the Executive Officer of USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3), during operations off Puerto Rico during Hurricane Irma and Maria. We discuss just what a Phibron is, and how it works. He details the movements and actions of Kearsarge during those faithful weeks. He also describes how we prepare young leaders to understand and execute on their roles around humanitarian relief.


The Leadership Education and Development Division, USNA (11:07) CAPT Jason Rimmer, USN   Episode #106

The Leadership Education and Development Division (LEAD) prepares Midshipmen for combat and operational leader roles through a four-year immersion program at the Naval Academy. CAPT Jason Rimmer, USN, leads that academic division. We talk about the importance of "teaching" leadership, ethics and the law. We discuss the new courses of instruction that the faculty is teaching, and how the innovations in the classroom and in experiential leadership add to the experience and knowledge of young naval officers.


Mission Command 2 (13:15) ADM Kurt Tidd, USN (ret.)   Episode #105

Why does it appear that Russian forces are slow to respond to changes on the battlefield? And why do Ukrainian forces seem so much more agile? Perhaps it involves the leadership and trust principles of Mission Command. In this updated encore presentation, ADM Kurt Tidd suggests an answer. Besides Ukraine, we discuss how a junior officer can accomplish her mission in a dynamic environment, where communication with higher headquarters might be difficult or impossible?


Coaching (11:09) Carol Graser   Episode #104

We're in conversation with Carol Graser, a Coaching expert who is leading the training for Company Officers and Senior Enlisted in the use of coaching techniques in leadership development. We discuss what coaching is all about? How is coaching different from mentoring? What skills does a good coach need and what is a good outcome from a coaching conversation? Finally we touch on how one can learn to be a leader who coaches? Carol Graser is a Senior Fellow at the Stockdale Center, leading the training for Company Officers and Senior Enlisted to use a coaching approach to develop leaders. Carol is certified in Leadership Coaching through the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program. She earned a certificate in Brain Based Conversations from the Neuroleadership Institute. Previously, Carol was a leader in IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Merck pharmaceuticals.


Encore: Drones (14:30) Jeff Voigt   Episode #103

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are being used in the Russo\Ukrainian War to devastating effect. In this encore presentation, we revisit the ideas and execution of Drones, in both war and peace. We discuss why learning about these now is worthwhile, how to get involved, and what may be the future of these vehicles. Jeff Voigt is a Naval Academy graduate, a former Surface Warfare Officer, and he's taught at the Academy and at OCS in Newport Rhode Island. He's a private pilot, a certificated UAV operator and a professional photographer.


Disruptive Technology (12:58) Tony Pfaff   Episode #102

Disruptive Technologies such as autonomous weapons systems and artificial intelligence are changing the world, and the way militaries operate. These technologies present both risks and opportunities. We address the definition of disruptive technologies, what makes a technology disruptive, and how do you measure disruption. And then, of course, the ethical implications of fielding (or not fielding) those technologies. Dr. Tony Pfaff is currently the Research Professor for Strategy, the Military Profession, and Ethics at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA. He is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council. A retired Army colonel and Foreign Area Officer (FAO) for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Pfaff recently served as Director for Iraq on the National Security Council Staff. Dr. Pfaff has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics from Washington and Lee University; a master’s degree in Philosophy from Stanford University, and a PhD from Georgetown University.


Political or Partisan (11:28) Jovana Davidovic   Episode #101

What do you see as the current landscape worldwide on the state of political\military affairs? What do you mean that the military should stay out of partisan politics? Under the UCMJ today , what can military members do? Why is a politically neutral military valuable? And finally, does political neutrality require silence? Dr. Jovana Davidovic (PhD, University of Minnesota, 2011) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Iowa, where she also holds a complimentary appointment at the Law School and the Center for Human Rights. Her research focuses on military ethics and philosophy of international law and has been published in venues such as Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Military Ethics, Ethics and International Affairs, Journal of Applied Ethics, and others. Davidovic has also worked extensively as an ethics consultant, most recently serving as the Chief Ethics Officer for BABL AI, an algorithmic bias auditing and ethics consultancy. She is a resident Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.


Creativity and Service (16:10) Rylan Tuohy   Episode #100

Creativity comes in many forms. It's the ability to solve problems, as well as the understanding and use of communication tools to convey information. Our guest has demonstrated both of those elements of creativity in his naval service. LT. Rylan Tuohy, USN, is a 2016 Applied Physics graduate of the Naval Academy, and he's earned a Master's Degree in Project Management from the University of Maryland. He has served as an officer in the Navy's Civil Engineering Corps and he has more than 15 million views of his work on YouTube. We talk about how Rylan used creativity in his role in the SeaBees (Navy Construction Battalion), and beyond. We discuss are you "born with" a creativity function, or can you develop it? How does your ability to communicate and motivate as a leader play in the productions that you've created? Movies are a "team sport". How did your time in the Navy help you build those skills? You've taken some risks with your career path and with some of the choices that you made. Why and how did you take those risks?


Ethics of Brain Science (19:11) James Giordano   Episode #099

We conclude our discussion of various potential uses of neurocognitive science in military and intelligence operations, and sketch ethical issues, and angles of analysis that will arise as both allies and adversaries develop such tools, relating them to existing laws of war and conventions. Is Neuroethics a “new ethics”, or is it a subdiscipline of ethics or bioethics? How does multi-nationality influence Neuroethics? What are the viable paths forward in guiding this ever more global engagement of the brain sciences in a variety of different applications, that appear to range from the medical to the military?


Weaponizing the Brain (14:46) James Giordano   Episode #098

In this second of a three-part series, we continue our discussion of potential uses of neurocognitive science in military operations. In the United States, programs are examining ways that brain science can be employed to augment warfighters’ and intelligence operators’ performance, and alter adversaries’ capabilities with regards to key cognitive and physical tasks. Similar projects are being conducted by others around the world, by friends and potential foes. We colloquially refer to "winning hearts and minds", but might brain science enable us to "win hearts by affecting the mind?" What are the most cutting-edge developments and probable uses of brain science in such national security, intelligence and defense operations? In 20 years, what is on the horizon of possibility in the ways brain science might be used in such ways?


What is Brain Science? (13:56) James Giordano   Episode #097

In this three-part series, we discuss nanotechnological devices as a relatively new focus, which includes brain scanning tools, directed energy, trans-cranial magnetic and electrical stimulation, and deep brain stimulation - all of which can be used in military and intelligence operations. What are some of the latest developments in brain science and technology? How might differing values around the world address the development and use of these technologies? What are the relative costs and the burdens or risks associated with these possible values?


Cognitive Bias: ENCORE presentation (19:08) Brad Bishop   Episode #096

In this encore presentation, we talk about the difference between an opinion and a position? Does your brain know the difference? What kind of biases are at work when I procrastinate? Will I have the same biases when I am much older? Find out more from our conversation with Brad Bishop, PhD., Professor & Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Weapons.


Honor, Ethics, and Integrity - The Honor Series: Part 6 of 6. (9:35) CAPT Roger Herbert, USN (ret.)   Episode #095

CAPT Herbert, USN (ret.) was a Distinguished Military Professor of Ethics, and the NE203 Course Director (Ethics and Moral Reasoning for the Naval Leader). We discuss, can a person be an ethical person and be honorable at the same time? How does integrity fit in with ethical behavior and being honorable? We ask, is there honor among thieves?


The Fleet Connection - The Honor Series: Part 5 of 6. (10:15) CDR Andrew Ledford, USN   Episode #094

CDR Ledford is the Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Law. In this episode, he discusses the status of Midshipmen in the naval tradition. There's the importance of the concept of "profession", and a Midshipman's place within that profession. What's the significance of the "Khaki" uniform, and its link to the Brigade Honor Concept and the Professional Naval Officer? Finally, we emphasize that committing to the Honor Concept starts on I-Day.


Remediation and Coaching - The Honor Series: Part 4 of 6. (14:31) CAPT Rick Rubel, USN (ret.)   Episode #093

CAPT Rick Rubel, USN, (ret.) was the officer tasked to develop the Honor Remediation Process at the Naval Academy. In this episode, we discuss the honor remediation program and processes. Why do we have remediation, and how does this fit the moral development program for Midshipmen? What are the keys to success and factors of failure? Finally we discuss how do we prevent this from becoming a "second chance" program? He also discusses the newest program involving mentorship, with the midshipmen driven effort taking a proactive approach to developing honorable character habits. CAPT Rubel has also been a Distinguished Military Professor of Ethics and has served as the Course Director of the Core Ethics Course for 17 years.


The Honor Process - The Honor Series: Part 3 of 6. (9:14) CDR Jana Vavasseur, USN   Episode #092

CDR Jana Vavaseur is the Brigade Honor Officer. We discuss the mission of the Naval Academy and we understand where Honor fits into it's goal "To develop Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically". Basically, how does the Honor Program add to that mission? What are the facts and some of the numbers related to honor, and honor violations? We discuss do we recruit honorable high school graduates, or do we develop honorable Midshipmen? Finally, we discuss the concept of Brittle Fracture, and that how that idea relates to Honor violations.


Honor and Authenticity - The Honor Series: Part 2 of 6. (8:42) MIDN 1/C Jackie Booker   Episode #091

MIDN Booker is the AC Y22 (Academic Year) Fall Brigade Commander. We discuss how honor relates to leadership. How does authenticity relate to honor, and is honor natural or is it something that can be developed? And if so, how do you "develop" honor? If honor/trust is lost, can it ever be restored again? And finally, what honor means to MIDN Booker.


The Brigade Honor Concept - The Honor Series: Part 1 of 6. (7:31) MIDN 1/C Teresa Collins    Episode #090

MIDN Collins is the Brigade Honor Advisor. We discuss how the Brigade Honor Program is midshipmen run, and the roles and responsibilities of Brigade Honor team. This involves the honor advisory staff, the honor investigations team, and the honor congress. She details the significance of the Honor Concept relative to an Honor Code. We then discuss what happens when someone is "put in the system". Finally, we discuss how the Brigade Honor program and the Honor Concept apply to the choices that Midshipmen make each day for themselves and for each other.


Leadership Principles from a Dual Career (19:21) Captain Tasya Lacy, USN   Episode #089

We're in conversation with Captain Tasya Lacy USN, as she provides a unique and detailed perspective on how she and her USN husband have worked together to craft Navy careers in a dual military situation. Captain Lacy speaks about broadening your perspective on where your skills and abilities can take you, and encourages taking on challenges to enhance your outcomes.


Planetary Defense (12:01) Leviticus Lewis   Episode #088

We talk with CDR Leviticus Lewis, U.S. Navy (ret.), who now works with FEMA as a Program Manager for NASA's Planetary Defense Initiative. Mr. Lewis talks about the most current efforts of the Planetary Defense initiative and the launch of the DART mission to test kinetic impact on an asteroid. Planetary defense encompasses all the capabilities needed to detect the possibility of a potential asteroid or comet impact with the earth, and then either prevent the impacts or mitigate the possible effects of an impact. He also comments on the global coordination and participation of international agencies on planetary defense.


Do My Best to do My Duty (19:33) Command Master Chief Britt Slabinski   Episode #087

We talk with Command Master Chief Britt Slabinski about doing the right thing when the decision becomes impossible. He relates how he invoked the 3CsPlus concept - courage, conviction, compassion and contribution. One is black and white, one is the underpinning of all, one is ever present and one has three rules. Listen to the podcast to find out which one is most important. Finally, where does the Boy Scout Oath play a part?


Cultural Awareness, Friend and Foe (20:07) LtGen Walter Gaskin, USMC (ret.)   Episode #086

LtGen Gaskin has been the Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee, in Brussels, Belgium. Before that, he served as the Commanding General of the 2d Marine Division and simultaneously served as the Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) during its year-long deployment to Al Anbar Province, Iraq. We talk about the importance of knowing the history, culture and outlook of your allies, your adversaries and your sailors & Marines? We also talk about the importance of NATO to US national security, as well as the complexities of being an African American General Officer in a senior NATO role.


Emergency Management and Climate Change (15:45) Administrator Deanne Criswell - FEMA   Episode #085

We're in conversation with Ms. Deanne Criswell, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this episode, we discuss how FEMA handles ethical dilemmas, and in its role in working with the Navy and Marine Corps in support of emergency management, humanitarian assistance, and climate change. We also discuss the connection points between FEMA and the national security network. Ms. Criswell has served in the Colorado Air National Guard, and has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar.


Leadership in Space: ENCORE presentation (22:15) Christopher Cassidy   Episode #084

Are Leadership principles any different in Space? What's it like to be the commander of the International Space Station? Ground control is an integral part of your team. How do you build trust with a crew that is not sharing the same risk that you do on board the station? How has Calculus III helped you on the ISS?


An Ethics Code for the US Armed Services? (11:36) Reed Bonadonna   Episode #083

Why might the existing Oath of Office not be enough to serve as an ethical guideline for military service? Why can’t the Uniform Code of Military Justice handle the potential criminal cases. How can trauma, disillusionment, an exaggerated sense of entitlement, and what has been termed “moral injury” lead a service member astray in their ethical behavior. What are your elements of a potential Military Code of Ethics.


Competence, Character and Connectedness (34:09) Admiral John Richardson, USN (ret.)   Episode #082

What are the essentials of Leadership Development? How does Competence, Character, and Connectedness play a part? How do you achieve those "C's" while serving in the organization, and on your own? ADM Richardson reveals what he would do differently as a Midshipman, if he could do it all over again. Admiral John Richardson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982. He was the 31st Chief of Naval Operations.


Just War (22:08) Dr. Roger Herbert   Episode #081

Under what conditions is the state morally justified in waging war? What are the moral responsibilities of those called upon to fight their nation's wars? This podcast introduces just war theory, a scholarly tradition that has evolved over the course of millennia as an ethical guide for the statesmen and combatants who must grapple with these difficult and enormously consequential questions.


Character (39:17) Dr. Mike Good   Episode #080

A discussion on character, the moral virtues most relevant to aspiring military officers, and how NE203 is structured to help midshipmen learn how to develop their characters.


Moral Deliberation (14:52) Dr. Marcus Hedahl   Episode #079

Moral deliberation involves the filtering and weighing (whether consciously or unconsciously) of relevant moral principles and concepts in order to determine a course of action. In this episode, we consider the novel way that NE203 teaches Moral Deliberation in order to shift our focus from theory to practice.


Moral Perception (18:43) Dr. Marcus Hedahl   Episode #078

Moral perception is awareness of the morally relevant features of the world. Many things can get in the way of perceiving the morally salient features of a given situation, our history, our culture, our biases--even being in a hurry. In this episode, we talk about how we consider this important aspect of morality.


NE203 Overview (39:50) Dr. Chris Eberle   Episode #077

This podcast introduces the main reasons that counted in favor of the thorough revision of NE203 and summarizes the most important changes made to that course.


Just War: Moral and Legal Implications (13:40) David Lefkowitz   Episode #076

The conduct of war is subject to both moral and legal rules – for example, rules about who is a legitimate target, and who is not. What is the relationship between those moral and legal rules? Should we change the law of war so that its content mirrors the true morality of war? David Lefkowitz is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Richmond. He is the author of a book – Philosophy and International Law: A Critical Introduction - as well as numerous articles and book chapters on topics including the moral conduct of war, secession, and civil disobedience. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he served as a Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.


Resilience and Response (34:23) Senior Director Caitlin Durkovich   Episode #075

What does resilience and response mean in federal service, both civilian and the naval service. Why is it so important on the world stage for the USA to demonstrate its ability to respond to disasters in an effective manner? Is there a great power struggle to provide that aid? What should a young naval officer be thinking about today with regard to disaster support in the near future? Ms. Caitlin Durkovich is the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Resilience and Response at the White House National Security Council. As the Senior Director, she is responsible for the advancement of policies and programs that enhances the resilience of the United States, and strengthens the U.S. posture to physical and cyber threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure.


Special Edition 2nd and 3rd Amendment (45:44) .   Episode #074

What are your rights as they are shaped by the 2nd and the 3rd Amendment? What are the colonial Origins and Interpretations of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms? What were Intentions of the Founders, and how and when were they changed? How has the Supreme Court interpreted this right today? Is there a connection between the original intent, and the rights and rulings today?


Federalism, State's Rights and the Role of the 14th (44:55) .   Episode #073

How did the Founders handle Federalism and State's Rights - that perpetually delicate balance? How does the 14th Amendment address these issues? Our constitution and our way of life remain a great experiment – it is our responsibility as naval officers, and as Americans to understand exactly what the Constitution guarantees to all citizens, and to prove that we truly are all created equal.


Judicial Procedure (41:15) .   Episode #072

What does judicial procedure look like as an accused citizen? What does the right to a speedy trial mean? Are there any limitations to your right to counsel? What is bail, and what is to be considered excessive? Do you know the difference between a jury and a grand jury? Lastly, how are we to understand what “cruel and unusual” really means?


Criminal Self Incrimination (37:22) .   Episode #071

What is the process of being taken into police custody? What happens to you, either as a citizen or a military member once you have been arrested? Everyone has heard of Miranda Rights – do you know where it comes from? What are 31 Bravo Rights? Finally, what is meant by Due Process?


Search, Seizure and Admissibility (39:11) .   Episode #070

We look at the 4th Amendment. What does the right to privacy mean, and what rights do we have as American citizens to protection from an unreasonable search and seizure? What is the difference between “reasonable” and “unreasonable?” What rights do government actors have, both with and without a warrant? Moreover, how are we to understand what is admissible and what isn’t in a court of law?


Freedom of Religion (39:15) .   Episode #069

We examine Freedom of Religion, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. This episode is in two parts - created by Madison and his peers: the Establishment Clause, and the Exercise Clause. We ask: what factors led the United States to embrace these concepts? Have we ever been a truly secular nation? How has the relationship between government and religion changed over time? And lastly, how are we to understand freedom of religion as members of the military?


Freedoms of Expression (44:15) .   Episode #068

We focus on four of the freedoms guaranteed by the 1st Amendment: Press, Petition, Assembly, and Speech. How are we to understand these freedoms both as citizens, and Naval Officers? What limitations exist to those guaranteed rights? Why is it acceptable for ordinary citizens to burn a flag or wear black armbands protesting war in public schools? When does the government have the right to infringe upon some of those rights, if ever? How are we supposed to understand freedom of expression in the digital age, in particular, social media?


Historical Context (54:36) .   Episode #067

The federal government in the early days of the nation was weak and ineffective. Citizens actually rebelled against the power of the central government by taking up arms. President George Washington knew that he needed to do something. What started as a discussion in Annapolis, ended with a new Constitution. How did the addition of the Bill of Rights impact the ratification of the Constitution? And with these rights, how is Good Order and Discipline in the military and naval service impacted. How did the Captain's ability to prescribe "Bread and Water" punishment and restricted political speech in the service interplay with a citizen sailor's rights regarding Cruel and Unusual Punishment and Free Speech?


The Oath of Office (22:18) .   Episode #066

What is the genesis of an Oath of Office that we take when we join the Naval service? Where does General Washington come in and what was his impact on an Oath? What does the Constitution say about an Oath of Office? What does "well and faithfully mean"? Why is this oath different for enlistment?


Academy Architecture (18:13) Sara Phillips   Episode #065

How does the language of architecture reflect the culture of the Naval Academy? Why does the Yard look the way it does? How do the historic buildings and the siting of them influence the new buildings like Wesley Brown and Hopper Hall? Why is naming so important to the character and ideals for what the Naval Academy's mission is? Sara Phillips is the Architect of the Naval Academy. She is a registered architect in the State of Maryland and has served as the Deputy for Facilities and Construction at the Naval Academy since 2006. Prior to that, she was involved in the design of the Memorial Hall, the Rotunda and Smoke Hall, as well as the construction manager for the Robert Crown Sailing Center and the Jewish Chapel and Levy Center.


Lessons Learned (22:45) VADM John Christenson, USN (ret.)   Episode #064

How should a junior officer get prepared to work in an international world of partnerships and alliances. How did the Academy and its Moral-Mental-Physical mission prepare this Admiral for a life in the Fleet and beyond? How does gratitude play a part? Vice Admiral John Christenson, USN (ret.) is a graduate of the Naval Academy. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer, including numerous commands at sea. Ashore, he was the President of the Naval War College, and he served as the US Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels.


Drones (13:52) Jeff Voigt   Episode #063

The term “Drone” usually refers to any unpiloted aircraft. But there is more to the story. Sometimes referred to as “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" (UAVs), these craft can carry out an impressive range of tasks, ranging from military operations to package delivery. They can be as large as an aircraft or as small as the palm of your hand. We discuss why learning about these now is worthwhile, how to get involved, and what may be the future of these vehicles. Jeff Voigt is a Naval Academy graduate, a former Surface Warfare Officer, and he's taught at the Academy and at OCS in Newport Rhode Island. He's a private pilot, a certificated UAV operator and a professional photographer.


Brittle Fracture: ENCORE presentation (11:34)  Captain TR Buchanan, USN   Episode #062

Can a person crack under the pressures that life brings? What are the physics of Brittle Fracture and how does it relate to personal character and integrity?  How can you prepare for the stresses of a naval career? Captain TR Buchanan is the 88th Commandant of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy. A nuclear trained engineer, CAPT Buchanan has commanded the USS ALBANY and was Commodore of Submarine Squadron TWENTY.


Design Thinking (10:31) Elizabeth Radziszewski   Episode #061

What is design thinking and why should we be interested in it? What is the process like? Is it different from traditional brainstorming? Are there real world examples of the Design Thinking approach that worked in the field? Dr. Elizabeth Radziszewski is a Fellow at the Stockdale Center, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Master’s program in Homeland Security at Rider University in New Jersey. Her research has been well published on civil wars/insurgencies, international conflict, foreign policy, and creativity/innovation.


Saint Augustine (13:09) Captain Joe McInerney    Episode #060

Who is Augustine and why should we care about what he had to say? What are the experiences in Augustine's life that shaped his thought and writing? Given how long ago Augustine lived, is there anything about his thinking that still affects us today? How did the philosophy of his time, both Stoic and Platonic, affect Augustine's beliefs? How did Augustine understand ethics? Can we discern a leadership philosophy in Augustine's writings? Captain Joe Mcinerney is also former Chair of the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at Navy. He earned a doctoral degree in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America and is the author of the book The Greatness of Humility: St. Augustine on Moral Excellence.


Ancient Mariners (11:57) Coach Ken Niumatalolo   Episode #059

Coach Ken Niumatalolo is the all-time winningest coach in Navy Football history. His teams have had 10 winning seasons, and they beat Notre Dame . . . 3 times. He is in his 14th season as the Head Coach at the Naval Academy, and his 24th season in Annapolis overall. How does the "Why" of what you do inform the "What" and the "How"? How does your personal history beyond football relate to the sea? As an American of Polynesian descent, how does your upbringing and culture, especially with seagoing traditions, serve you as a leader at the Naval Academy? 


Complex Leadership in Education (12:17)  Claude Berube   Episode #058

What's it like to be a Leader in an Academic setting? What can Midshipmen teach, and learn from Professors? How is the Naval Academy Museum supporting the new Wargaming Initiative at Navy? Dr. Claude Berube  is a writer, an historian, a professor at the Naval Academy, and a Reserve Naval Intelligence officer. Currently, he is the Director of the Naval Academy Museum. 


Interrogation and Torture (14:02) Michael Skerker   Episode #057

What is torture, what works and want doesn't work? Is an irregular combatant different from a criminal suspect? What does privilege mean in this context? As a junior officer, how should you expect to be touched by these issues? Dr. Michael Skerker is a professor in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law department at the Naval Academy. His academic interests include professional ethics, just war theory, moral pluralism, theological ethics, and militant jihadism. He has numerous publications, including his most recent book, The Moral Status of Combatants: A New Theory of Just War.


Montford Point Marines (10:47) Carl Sharperson   Episode #056

The Brigade is experiencing something that no other Midshipmen have encountered in the last 100 years. Persistence and Resilience are critical to get through it. How does the history of the Montford Point Marines inform that persistence? Those first African American Marines were locked in and locked down. What lessons can we learn from them. Carl Sharperson is a Naval Academy graduate, and a former Marine Corps pilot. After the Corps, he worked in industry, including a stint as Vice President of an International Sporting Goods company. He is the author of the book, Sharp Leadership: Overcome Adversity to Lead with Authenticity.


Resilience: ENCORE presentation (10:15) Brad Synder   Episode #055

This is an Encore presentation. Beyond practice makes perfect, you've got resilience. Making the most of an opportunity to do the right thing even for what might be a mundane opportunity sets up the ability to be resilient in the face of adversity or hard choices. Learn the importance of getting your resilience muscles strong both morally and mentally with Mr. Brad Snyder LT USN (ret.).


Practicing Trauma Self Care (13:42) Dan Luna   Episode #054

Can Journaling play a part in Pre-Trauma self care? As a leader, what are your responsibilities to ensure your people are practicing self-care? And, how can you as a leader "teach" self-care techniques? Dan Luna is a retired Navy Seal. He has instructed at the Naval Academy, where he was voted by the Class of 2017 to be an Honorary Graduate. He is currently the co-founder of 3LX Consulting. Dan is working on his doctorate in Organization Change and Leadership from University of Southern California.


Pre Trauma Inoculation (13:39) Dan Luna    Episode #053

What is Pre-Trauma? How does it relate to Resilience and Grit? What does Inoculation have to do with Pre-Trauma? How do you know when to think about self-care? Dan Luna is a retired Navy Seal. He has instructed at the Naval Academy, where he was voted by the Class of 2017 to be an Honorary Graduate. He is currently the co-founder of 3LX Consulting. Dan is working on his doctorate in Organization Change and Leadership from University of Southern California.


LtGen John Wissler USMC (ret.) (28:31) Shaping the Future   Episode #052

What should junior leaders do to shape the future of the Naval Service and truly be foundational to institutional excellence. What is the connection with Competence, Courage and Compassion? When it comes to Courage, is it about physical, moral, or both? What is an inspirational leader? LtGen John Wissler, USMC (ret.) began his career as a combat engineer, commanding at every echelon. As a General officer, he was CG, III Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces, Japan; as well as Commander, US Marine Corps Forces Command and Commanding General, FMF Atlantic.


Just War - dash 2 (13:19) Marc LiVecche   Episode #051

This is a continuation of our discussion on Just War, including the consideration of Moral Injury. Is a "spiritual wound" different from Moral Injury? Can I suffer a Moral Injury even if I am miles away from the kinetic act? Do I have to have a traditional religious foundation in order to suffer a Moral Injury? Dr. Marc LiVecche is a Resident Fellow at the Stockdale Center. He helped found Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy, for which he is executive editor. His first book, The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.


Just War - part 1 (13:58) Marc LiVecche   Episode #050

What is the Just War tradition? How is this scholarship particularly relevant to Midshipmen? Do you consider the Just War tradition a Moral guide or framework? How does a study of Just War protect against Moral Injury? Dr. Marc LiVecche is a Resident Fellow at the Stockdale Center. His first book, The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.


Humility - dash 2 (15:03) Art Athens   Episode #049

How do we become a Humble leader? What do you need to do in yourself in order to move in that direction, away from arrogance, and toward humility? Do the words of the ancients help? How did it help VADM Stockdale as a POW and as a leader? Colonel Athens, USMC (ret.) is the former Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and the Naval Academy’s first Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership.


Humility - part 1 (16:02) Art Athens   Episode #048

What is Humility, and why is it an essential element of a leader’s “Toolkit”? Can you be Humble and Bold at the same time? What is the impact on individuals,teams and organizations when a lack of humility is present? Is there a way that leaders can assess whether they have the requisite humility to lead effectively? How can we become more humble . . . or is that even possible? Colonel Athens, USMC (ret.) is the former Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and the Naval Academy’s first Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership.


Grounding a Naval Aviator: ENCORE presentation (29:46) RADM Lawrence Chambers, USN (ret.)    Episode #047

Why is it so hard to "ground" a pilot? What is the ultimate responsibility of a leader? What does it mean to "embrace your mistakes"? RADM Lawrence Chambers is the 2nd African American USNA graduate, and the first to make Flag Rank. Among many accomplishments, he was the commanding officer of the USS Midway during Operation Frequent Wind.


Private Military Contractors (10:17) Elizabeth Radziszewski   Episode #046

Historically, a soldier of fortune takes part in armed conflict for a profit motive. They are usually an outsider to the conflict, and not a member of any official military. In the world of today, what are private military and security companies, and what do they do? Why should we be interested in these companies? As a junior officer, how should you think about, and evaluate the reliability of these contractors? Dr. Elizabeth Radziszewski is a Resident Fellow at the Stockdale Center. Her research on civil wars/insurgencies, international conflict, and foreign policy has been published in numerous academic journals.


Finish Strong (13:40) Joe Thomas   Episode #045

What does it mean to Finish Strong? What is it about being an American that suggests we are too impatient to finish a task before we go on to the next thing? Why do we think that we can control our environment, as opposed to work within it? What does it mean to move toward "commencement"? Dr. Joe Thomas currently serves as the Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the Naval Academy. He is a retired Marine officer, and he served previously as the Class of 1961 Professor Of Leadership Education, and as Director, MajGen John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. Dr. Thomas earned a PhD from George Mason University.


Perseverance (10:01) RDML Alan Baker, USN (ret.)   Episode #044

How do you get through the Dark Ages? What does Perseverance have to do with it? Is there a framework to get through the day? What is the "long look"? What do you do if the future reward is a long way away? RDML Alan T. “Blues”Baker, USN (ret.) served as the 16th Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps and was the first graduate of the Naval Academy and former Surface Warfare Officer selected as a Chaplain Corps Flag Officer. He currently serves as the Director of Influencer Development at the Stockdale Center.


Cross-Cultural Competence: ENCORE presentation (11:37) Clementine Fujimura   Episode #043

As we get ready to re-engage with the new semester, we thought it is timely to listen to an earlier presentation of Ethics and Cross-Cultural Competence, with Naval Academy professor Dr. Clementine Fujimura. Now is the perfect time to build a deeper appreciation for the complexities of our American culture, and your place in it. Build a better understanding of your need to be cross-culturally competent, in order to be a successful leader.


Political Separation: ENCORE presentation (10:34) Brian Kamoie   Episode #042

This is an encore presentation of The Politics of Crisis Response. In these uncertain times, it is important that junior officers understand their roles within the politics of governmental affairs. What are you responsible for when communicating with your leadership, policymakers, and the public? Mr. Brian Kamoie served as Associate Administrator for Mission Support at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He discusses the need to tell the truth and maintain credibility, and understand how to “stay in your lane”.


Writing Reviews (12:37) Will Kramer   Episode #040

The demands placed upon naval officers to show courage comes in many forms. When guns are blazing and missiles firing; when you climb a rope ladder to board a suspect ship; all of those require courage. But moral courage, the courage to do the right thing day in and day out, is just as hard. And frankly, it's where most of your courageous leadership will be displayed.


The Honorable Christine Fox (25:51) Civilian-Military Relations   Episode #040

Who are the Department of Defense senior civilian leaders? We talk today with former Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox who has served in several administrations, and has been the second in command at the DOD. She has been the most senior female official in the history of the Department. Why is it important for a naval officer to understand the civilian-military relationship? Where is the "line" - Where do the civilian leaders "take over" from the Admirals and Generals? What is meant by the phrase, civilian authorities have the "right to be wrong"?


The AC Power Supply (11:59) David Miles   Episode #039

This is the story of a young officer, reporting aboard his first duty station, and an accident that ensued on his watch. Why is it important to embrace responsibility, for your actions, and the actions of your team? How do you balance the creative engineering initiative of your sailors and Marines with the classroom work you learn in school? When does it make sense to stop work, and reset the direction and focus of your unit's task? How can you have the courage to ask questions and seek help in order to fulfill your unit's mission?


Latin America and Immigration (14:31) Sharika Crawford   Episode #038

What is the significance to immigration to the United States? Is immigration today any different than it was 100 years ago? Is America Full? As we "pivot" to Asia, might we see great powers competition in Latin America? Dr. Sharika Crawford is an expert on Latin America, and its interrelationship with the United States.


Leadership in Space (22:15) Captain Chris Cassidy   Episode #037

Are Leadership principles any different in Space? What's it like to be the commander of the International Space Station? Ground control is an integral part of your team. How do you build trust with a crew that is not sharing the same risk that you do on board the station? How has Calculus III helped you on the ISS?


Midshipman Attributes (8:37) Steve Vahsen   Episode #036

What are the Attributes that a graduate of the Naval Academy must possess when he or she graduates? What is the Fleet and the FMF looking for in a graduate? Can you pick the ones you want, or do you need to embrace them all?


Your Responsibilities (27:16) ADM Mike Mullen USN (ret.)   Episode #035

ADM Mike Mullen is a retired Navy Admiral, who served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2007. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968. We discuss: What are your responsibilities as a junior officer to the future of the Naval Service? Do senior officers really want to hear your opinion, and how should you best offer it? How does the civil unrest of the 1960's inform your leadership attitude in the 2020's?


Trustworthy (11:24) Roger Mosby   Episode #034

Roger Mosby is the President and CEO of the Boy Scouts of America. Roger had a long career in servant leadership. It all began as a sailor, serving in a squadron on the USS Ranger. We talk about Trustworthiness, and Loyalty - what it means in the Navy, and what it means to Boy Scouts. How can you trust your co-workers on one of the most dangerous work environments on the planet.


Cognitive Bias (19:08) Brad Bishop   Episode #033

What's the difference between an opinion and a position? Does your brain know the difference? What kind of biases are at work when I procrastinate? Will I have the same biases when I am much older? Find out more from our conversation with Brad Bishop, PhD., Professor of Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering.


RADM Mike Manazir USN (ret.) (19:47) Close Encounters   Episode #032

A close encounter between two ships on the ocean is a humbling experience. The Commanding Officer (CO), and the Officer of the Deck (OOD), learn when to take charge and when to trust each other. Communication and just the right amount of confidence, ensures success and safety.


Time on Target (27:08) Tommy Martinez   Episode #031

When perfect isn't always best. Balancing perfection and time management in a high pressure situation. Tommy Martinez, USNA Class of 1978 was a U.S. Marine Fire Direction Officer, plotting fires for his artillery battery. He and his team had to move at night, set up, and do geometry, all within range of an Iraqi counter battery fire. He talks about what he would do differently one night during Desert Storm.


Innovation (11:46) Ray Kwong   Episode #030

Innovation, is it just for Silicon Valley start-ups? Mr. Ray Kwong, discusses the intersection of risk tolerance, innovation, and the military. Mr. Kwong is a Naval Academy graduate, served as an E-warfare officer and retired as a Commander. He is Chairman of the Board for Triton Services and is President and CEO of EPIC Optics.


Ageism (14:14) Clementine Fujimura   Episode #029

Making an assumption about another's life transition led to an uncomfortable parting. Dr. Clementine Fujimura was an academic Department Chair at the Naval Academy. The Professor  discusses a situation she would have handled quite differently regarding a colleague. She also talks about how to be a more effective leader with any age group. 


Black Lives Matter (13:02) Captain Timika Lindsay, USN   Episode #028

What's the difference, Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter? Captain Timika Lindsay, USNA Chief Diversity Officer and USNA grad, clarifies the difference. CAPT Lindsay holds an MS in Information Technology Management.


ENCORE: What Does Honor Mean? (10:12) Roger Herbert   Episode #027

Can I be an Ethical person and be Honorable at the same time? What is the interplay of both words? We ask is there Honor among thieves? Dr. Herbert is a retired Navy SEAL and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Political Theory.


Grounding a Naval Aviator (27:48) RADM Lawrence Chambers, USN (ret.)   Episode #026

Why is it so hard to "ground" a pilot? What is the ultimate responsibility of a leader? What does it mean to "embrace your mistakes"? RADM Lawrence Chambers is the 2nd African American USNA graduate, and the first to make Flag Rank. Among many accomplishments, he was the commanding officer of the USS Midway during Operation Frequent Wind.


Mortuary Platoon (28:57) LtGen John Wissler, USMC (ret.)   Episode #025

LtGen John Wissler, USMC ret. reflects on what training and support he would have provided to the Marines and Sailors of the provisional Mortuary Affairs unit following the Second Battle of Fallujah. LtGen Wissler is a 1978 graduate of the Naval Academy. Among many roles in his more than 30 years in the USMC, he was the Commanding General, FMF Atlantic.


Brittle Fracture (10:56) Captain TR Buchanan, USN   Episode #024

Can a person crack under the pressures that life brings? What are the physics of Brittle Fracture and how does it relate to personal character and integrity? How can you prepare for the stresses of a naval career? Captain TR Buchanan is the 88th Commandant of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy. A nuclear trained engineer, CAPT Buchanan has commanded the USS ALBANY and was Commodore of Submarine Squadron TWENTY.


Rugby (10:48) Ryan Curry   Episode #023

What makes Rugby unique? Is it the songs, the beer? How did Rugby sportsmanship become such an important part of the play, and what does Rugby teach you about resilience? Major Ryan Curry, USMC (ret.) served as a Marine for 24 years, starting in Parris Island and progressing to become a test pilot. He has over 10 years of playing experience in Rugby.


Deployment (11:04) Colonel MJ Pallotta, USMCR   Episode #022

How can we stay focused and on mission while we are deployed? Can you really be isolated in a crowd of people? And what lessons should you hold on to once you are back in the "world". Col. MJ Pallotta, USMC, is a 1994 graduate, and she is the Director of the Center for Experiential Leadership Development at the Naval Academy.


Groundhog Day (11:56) Shaun Baker   Episode #021

What would you do without repercussions? How would you live in a world of no consequences? Dr. Shaun Baker specializes in philosophy at the movies. He breaks down Aristotelian concepts in the movie “Groundhog Day”, focusing on what true happiness means. He holds his PhD from Wayne State University and coaches the ethics debate team at the Naval Academy..


Power of Listening (17:15) VADM Sean Buck, USN   Episode #020

VADM Buck tells us that "hearing is physics, listening is leadership". “The best leaders in the world are the best listeners”. "Listening allows a commander to leverage the diversity within his team". Further, he relates how he uses that skill throughout every day.


Moral Injury (11:00) Ed Barrett   Episode #019

What is Moral Injury and what generated its recent concerns. How does it happen, and can it be treated? Dr. Ed Barrett is the Stockdale Center's Director of Strategy and Research. He holds a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Chicago. Ed is a retired Air Force Colonel with over 4000 hours of flight time.


Mission Command (11:22) ADM Kurt Tidd, USN (ret.)    Episode #018

How does a junior officer accomplish her mission in a dynamic environment, where communication with higher headquarters might be difficult or impossible? ADM Tidd was the Combatant Commander of the U.S. Southern Command. He is a 1978 Navy graduate, and holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Bordeaux.


Military Justice (11:08) Colonel Christopher Shaw, USMC   Episode #017

What is Justice? Is it about fairness? How do you learn to be a just leader? Col. Christopher Shaw is a former Marine Infantry Officer, and now serves as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He is a graduate of the Naval Academy, and he earned his law degree at Boston College Law School.


Stoicism (13:27) Marcus Hedhal   Episode #016

What does it mean to be obsessed with future happiness? Can you learn from both? Dr. Marcus Hedahl is a physicist, a computer simulation expert, and he holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University. He is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Naval Academy, and a Fellow at the Stockdale Center.


The Plague (14:27) Joe Thomas   Episode #015

How can we tolerate the unknown? Is patience weak? What can we learn from earlier pandemics? Dr. Joe Thomas is the Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, and holds a PhD. from George Mason University.


Cross-Cultural Competence (11:13) Clementine Fujimura    Episode #014

Build a deeper appreciation for the complexity of culture, and the need to be cross-culturally competent, in order to be a successful leader. Clementine Fujimura (PhD) is a Cultural Anthropologist at the Academy. She has published on topics on Russian society and military anthropology.


Emotional Intelligence (11:36) Mitt Regan   Episode #013

We discuss how emotions can lead us to act ethically. How can junior officers cultivate the kind of emotions that help them lead ethically? Mitt Regan is a professor at Georgetown Law School and a senior fellow at the Stockdale Center. He works on the law and ethics of war, military ethics, and human rights law.


Unmanned Systems (13:01) RADM Mike Manazir, USN (ret.)   Episode #012

What are the implications of going to the fight with unmanned and autonomous systems? What does it mean to be "in the loop" and "on the loop"? When will machines take over the final decision on weapons launch? Rear Adm. Manazir commanded Carrier Strike Group 8 and he served as OPNAV N9, on the staff of the CNO.


Sleep (13:24) Captain Ryan Bernacchi, USN   Episode #011

How important is sleep to good decision making? How can you tell if your performance is impacted by lack of sleep? How can you guard against the negative impact of sleep deprivation? Capt. Bernacchi is the Deputy Commandant for Leadership and Character Development, as well as the Director - LEAD Division.


Political Separation (10:01) Brian Kamoie   Episode #010

What is your responsibility as the situation commander during a crisis event? How do you balance doing your job in a potentially "political" environment. How important is "telling the truth"? Brian Kamoie is the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Chair of Leadership at the Stockdale Center.


Moral Courage (12:05) Commander Andrew Ledford, USN   Episode #009

What is the connection between Moral Courage, Physical Courage and Martial Courage? How does taking "shortcuts" lead to diminishing your Moral Courage? How do you build Moral Courage? Andrew is an active duty Navy Commander and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology.


Trust (10:51) David Luban   Episode #008

Trust is the glue that binds society. Trusted leaders must have candor, competence and care. How do you balance the right amount of Trust? David Luban is a Philosopher and Professor of Law, whose interests include ethics and national security.


Speaking Truth to Power (15:58) Art Athens   Episode #007

How can you "tell it like it is", and survive? Can leaders ensure free flowing ideas? Colonel Athens earned an MS in Information Systems, from the Naval Post Graduate School. He was the Stockdale Center Director, and a White House Fellow.


Lethal Force (10:37)  LtGen John Wissler, USMC (ret.)   Episode #006

When is it "right" to use lethal force? How have you squared your profession with the force you've sometimes had to use? Among many roles, LTG John Wissler, (ret) was Commanding General, FMF Atlantic.


Stockdale the Stoic (9:32) Joe Thomas   Episode #005

Where do Stoics come from and what does it mean to be Stoic? Why should I understand what it means? How can a Midshipman be a Stoic? Joe is a retired Marine Corps LtCol and holds a PhD. from George Mason University.


Resilience (10:00) Brad Snyder   Episode #004

How does Resilience promote an Ethical person? How can one do Resilience Reps? What is the opportunity cost of doing Reps for Resilience? Bradley is a retired US Navy EOD officer, and Paralympic Gold Medalist.


What does Honor Mean (10:15) Roger Herbert   Episode #003

Can I be an Ethical person and be Honorable at the same time? What is the interplay of both words? We ask is there Honor among thieves? Dr. Herbert is a retired Navy SEAL and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Political Theory.


Code of the Warrior (9:19) Commander Andrew Ledford, USN   Episode #002

What does it mean to be a Warrior? Where does violence play in being a Warrior? Must you embrace and espouse a specific code, and what happens if you break that code. Andrew is an active duty Navy Commander and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology.


Stockdale Paradox (10:19) Joe Thomas   Episode #001

Why is Stockdale's story so on-point right now? What does it mean to be the "defining moment of one's life"? Should I look for insurmountable challenges? Joe is a retired Marine Corps LtCol and holds a PhD. from George Mason University.