Subtitle/Alternate Title

An Attempt to get Left of the Boom

First Advisor

Jeffery Ogle, PhD

Second Advisor

Erica Ferg, PhD

College

College of Contemporary Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Comments

Capstone Project completed in fulfillment of an individualized Master's Degree in Ethics.

Number of Pages

109 pages

Abstract

Preparing Leaders for the Fight: An Attempt to get Left of the Boom There is a need, in the United States Army, to examine and refine the training of Soldiers in ethical decision making in order to better equip leaders for unforeseen dilemmas which regularly occur in both war and peace. This project includes a cursory look at several noteworthy cases which have provoked public debate and discourse about situational ethics within the military. Other cases are mentioned as emblematic examples because of their instructive value and offer various insights into the current ethical climate and moral health of the Army. By focusing primarily on the case study of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Allen B. West the project seeks to examine the systems and circumstances that preceded and contributed to a very public moral morass. The project investigates the adequacy, or lack thereof, of ethical training and preparation which may have contributed to the controversial unfolding of events in the West case. The project includes a survey and assessment of both theoretical and tested military ethics and leadership models to evaluate their future potential. An attempt is made to glean lessons learned from both the primary and secondary cases while suggesting revisions and improvements to any existing ethical decision-making models which may be in place. Ultimately this project offers a new rudimentary Ethical Decision-Making Model for review and consideration.

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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