Considers the extant to which the theory and practice of educating soldiers, sailors and airmen in the ethics of 'old fashioned' warfaring is adequate to prepare members of the military to meet the more complex ethical challenges faced when engaging in irregular warfare in the 21st century.
In "Ethics Education in the Military" (eds. Paul Robinson, Nigel de Lee and Don Carrick: Ashgate 2008) the contributing authors surveyed and critically analysed the existing theory and practice of educating soldiers, sailors and airmen in the ethics of 'old fashioned' warfaring. This volume considers the extent to which such theory and practice is adequate to prepare members of the military to meet the more complex ethical challenges faced when engaging in irregular warfare in the 21st century. Authors address issues of major and ongoing importance for military personnel of Western states. In recent years, events in Iraq and Afghanistan have highlighted the requirement that such personnel, drawn from the armed forces of many different countries, should behave in an ethical manner at all times. Public and political interest in such matters is intense, and the behaviour of armed forces personnel is the subject of unrelenting media scrutiny. Consequently, efforts to improve the ethical education of military personnel have acquired a high priority.; Contributors to this book comprise academics and practitioners from various disciplinary backgrounds, several of whom are serving or former military officers and most of whom are actively engaged in ethics education. Therefore they hope that their contributions will advance the theoretical understanding of different approaches to ethics education, and provide practical conclusions on a vital policy issue.
Foreword, George R. Lucas; Introduction: ethics education for irregular warfare, Paul Robinson; Part I The Theoretical Background: Preserving soldiers' moral character in counterinsurgency operations, H.R. McMaster; The philosophical warrior, Alexander Moseley; Culture centric warfare: the moral dynamics, Patrick Mileham.; Part II Operational Issues: Preventing torture in counter insurgency operation, Jessica Wolfendale; The fall of the warrior king: situational ethics in Iraq, Paul Robinson; Military ethics of facing fellow citizens: IDF preparations for disengagement, Asa Kasher.; Part III Pedagogical Issues: Teaching military ethics in the United States Air Force: challenges posed by service culture, Martin Cook; Counter insurgency ethics at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Stephen Deakin; International law and the ethics of war at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, David Whetham; Ethics education for operations other than was: the Dutch approach, Peter Olsthoorn; Index.