2009 ISME Program

University of San Diego



Keynote Address


“Indiscriminate  Disproportionality: When are Incidental Civilian Casualties Excessive?”

Dr. Henry Shue, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, Oxford


“Law & Morality”


“Unbecoming Conduct: Legal and Ethical Issues of Private Military Contractors in Combat Situations”

Susan Marble Barranca, Resident Fellow, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, U.S. Naval Academy


“The Influence of Law on U.S. air targeting practices in the two Gulf Wars”

Janina Dill, Merton College (Oxford)


“Law, Morality, and Just War Theory”


“Why a Public Declaration of War Should be Legally Mandated and Morally Required in the Just War Tradition”

Mark Woods, University of San Diego


“Grotius’s Two Models of Justice in War”

Pablo Kalmanovitz, Columbia University


“Falling Between the Cracks: Host Nation Responsibility in Post-Conflict Reconstruction”

Rebecca J. Johnson, Georgetown Public Policy Institute


“Justice After War: A Prima Facie Duties Version”

Patricia Steck, Century College


“The Moral Implication of the Ultimate War”

Marc Imbeault, Royal Military College (Canada)


“Unintentional Terrorism:” A Response to Rodin’s “Terrorism without Intention”

Stephen Woodside, U.S. Military Academy


“Law, Morality, and the Warrior’s Code”


“Good Strategy, Bad Tactics:  Ethics and ROE for Counterinsurgency Warfare”

Stephen Coleman, Australian Defense Force Academy


Morality, Prudence, and the Limits of War Conventions

David K. Chan, U. Wisconsin-Stevens Point


“Establishing our Professional Ethic”

MAJ Danny Cazier, U.S. Military Academy


“Undermining the Just War Tradition: U.S. Military Creeds and the “Warrior” Ethos”

Capt. Deonna D. Neal (USAFR), University of Notre Dame


“Is there a Duty to Obey Order to Wage an Unjust War?”

David Lefkowitz, Center for Human Values, Princeton University


“Oaths, Dissent, and Selective Participation in the U.S. Military and Israeli Defence Forces”

Capt Kathryn Knapp, Chaplain, USAR (Columbus, GA)


“Do Character Development Programs Really Work?”


“Do Character Development Programs Really Work?  Moving from Foundations to Findings in a Wider (Non-military) Context”

Edward F. DeRoche, Director, Character Development Center, University of San Diego


“ ‘How’s that Working for you?’ Character Development and Assessment in Military Education”

Pauline M. Kaurin, Pacific Lutheran University


“Character Development Programs Really Work—But they Don’t Develop Character”

Erik Wingrove-Haugland, U.S. Coast Guard Academy


Panel:  “The What and Why of Ethics Instruction Provided by Military Chaplains”


Convenor:  Chaplain Eric Wester, U.S. Army, Institute for National Security Ethics & Leadership, National Defense University



Chaplain Mark Johnston, US Army Sergeant Majors Academy

Chaplain Jim Pittman, USMC Recruit Training Depot



Chaplain Jere Hinson, USMC University

Chaplain Neil Parker, Canadian Defence Forces

Chaplain George Youstra, Center for Character Development, USAF Academy


Dinner Address


“Ethics and the German Aviation Security Law”

Colonel James Cook, Ph.D.

USAF, Chair, Department of Philosophy

U.S. Air Force Academy


Optional Plenary Session


“The Current Status of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ”

Aaron Belkin, Director, Palm Center, U.Cal-Santa Barbara


Panel Symposium : “Multi-Service Symposium on Approaches to Character Development”

A concerted focus on service level character development programs is a relatively new phenomenon for the modern U.S. Military. In this symposium we have invited representatives from various services and institutions to discuss how their institutions would like to approach future training in character development. In this discussion we hope to reveal cutting edge techniques of moral and character development, provide a basic understanding of the theoretical models underpinning such development, and discuss best standards of practices for future character development programs.


“What has not worked in character development programs; reasons to be an assessment skeptic or booster”

Col. John Norton, USAFA


How ethical character development is encouraged and fostered at WHINSEC

Chaplain John W. Kaiser, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation



Marine Corps’ Values and Ethics Survey, products and training implications, and practical tools for developing character

Dr. Joseph J. Thomas, U.S. Naval Academy Ethics Center


“Law, Morality and Jus in Bello


“Jus in Bello and the Sophisticated Utilitarian”

LTC David Barnes, USA, University of Colorado-Boulder


“Nonlethal Weapons, Just War Theory, and International Law”

John W. Lango, Hunter College (SUNY)


“Do Character Development Programs Work?”


Chair: Reverend. Scott R. Borderud, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College (Ft Leavenworth)


“Character Development Programs and the Challenge from Situationism”

Jessica Wolfendale, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne


“Assessing the Effectiveness of Character Education in Army Initial Entry Training (IET)”

MAJ Kenneth R. Williams, Chaplain, 14th Military Police Brigade (Ft Leonard Wood, MO)


Special Post-ISME “Mini-Conference”


Ethics Centers: Cross-Linkage, Resource Sharing, and Future Actions”

Sponsored by: Army Center for the Professional Military Ethic