ISME 2007





Religion and the Military


The Military and Codes of Ethics


January 25-26, 2007

Hilton Springfield Hotel, Springfield, Virginia



The Problem of Religion in the Military Accommodating Beliefs, Chair: Professor Christopher J. Eberle, U.S. Naval Academy

Selective Conscientious Objection and Military Obligation, Major Tim Rietkerk, Chaplain and Ethics Instructor, ADA (Ft. Bliss)

The Ethics of Military Sponsored Prayer, CDR Charlotte Hunter, Chaplain, USN

Rawls versus Habermas on Religion, Politics, and War, Dr. Tim Challans, Lt.Col, USA (retired), School of Advanced Military Studies, Ft. Leavenworth KS

Response: Prof. Christopher J. Eberle


Religious Pluralism and the Military, Chair: Major Carlos C. Huerta, USA (Chaplain, U.S. Military Academy)

A Pluralistic Approach to Religion in the Military, Dr. Erik Wingrove-Haugland, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Evangelicals in the Military and the Code of Conduct, Prof. Lori Bogle, Dept of History, USNA

An Ethic of Religious Pluralism for the U.S. Army, Chaplain (Major) Trenton E. Lewis, Instructor/Writer, U. S. Army Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, SC


Religion and the Military: Challenges for the Chaplaincy

The Military Chaplaincy of the 21st Century, CAPT Robert J. Phillips, CHC, USN (ret)

Pro Deo et Patria: Possible or Problematic? Dr. Scott R. Borderud, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth KS

The Prophetic Voice of the Chaplain, MAJ Donald W. Kammer, USA, Chaplain, Quartermaster Center and School


Panel presentation: Spirituality, Ethics, and Character Development: An Integrated Approach for Officer Development

Panelists: Prof. Don Snider, U.S. Military Academy (West Point); Col. Patrick Sweeney, USA; Lt.Col. Sean Hannah, USA


Contemporary Challenges to the Just War Tradition, Chair: Dr. Ariel Colonomos, Senior Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris)

Just Cause for War, Prof Steven P. Lee, Hobart & William Smith Colleges

"Is Just War Theory Obsolete? Some Questions for Modern Just-War Theorists," Prof Robert G. Kennedy, Univ of St Thomas (St Paul, MN)

UN Peacekeeping and JWT: The Cases of Rwanda and Darfur, Prof. John W. Lango, Hunter College (CUNY)


The Chaplain and the Warrior: Policy and Diplomacy, Chair: Maj. Stephen W. Austin, Chaplain, U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School (Ft. Jackson, SC)

Heroic Spirits, LCDR Michael Gore, USN (Naval Chaplain’s School)

The Chaplain’s Role in Mission Planning, Maj. Timothy K. Bedsole

Faith Based Diplomacy, Dr. Mark Johnston, Chaplain, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy


Cultivating Warrior Virtues, Chair: Prof. Frances Harbour, George Mason University

Developing Moral Character in the Military, Dr. Jessical Wolfendale, Univ of Melbourne (Australia)

Narrative, Identity, and Military Ethics, Prof. Pauline Kaurin, Pacific Lutheran University

Warrior Transitions: The 4th Marine Aircraft Wing's Combat Operational Stress Control Program, LtCol Keith Pankhurst


Contemporary Issues in jus in bello and jus post bellum, Chair: Dr. Steven L. Smith, Chaplain, USN (retired)

Challenges to the Military Code of Ethics, Lt Col Daren G. Bowyer, CO, Cambridge University OTC

Targeting the Sleeping Soldier, Prof. Whitley Kaufman, Univ of Massachussetts (Lowell)

The Ethics of Jus Post Bellum, Lt. Camilla B. Bosanquet, U.S. Coast Guard


The Military Chaplaincy and the U.S. Constitution, Chair: Tara M. Lee

Katcof v. Marsh at Twenty-One: The military chaplaincy and separation of church and state, Col. Richard D. Rosen, USA (retired), Prof and Director, Texas Tech University Center for Military Law & Policy

The Military Chaplaincy and the Constitution, Ira C. Lupu & Robert W. Tuttle, Professors of Law, George Washington University

Chaplains at the Crossroads: Free speech, free exercise, establishment and equal protection (revised version), CDR William A. Wildhack, Chaplain, USNR

Navigating the Channel Between Religion Clauses, Maj. David Fitzkee and Capt. Linell Letendre, Dept of Law, USAFA


Religion, Ethics, and the Development of Military Virtues, Chair: Rev. Dr. John A. Krivak

Virtue Ethics and Character Development in Warriors, Maj Daniel Oh, Chaplain and Ethics Instructor, U.S. Army Logistics Management College

Is Honor Irrelevant? CDR Reed Bonadonna, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Military Virtues and Cross-Cultural, Inter-religious dialogue, Michel Dion, Sherbrooke Univ (Quebec)


Keynote: Chaplain Arnold E. Resnicoff

Major Presentation: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: Does the Gay Ban Undermine the Military’s Reputation? Aaron Belkin, University of California, Santa Barbara

Invited Dinner Address: Religion and the Military, Martin L. Cook, USAFA


Cadet and Midshipmen Presentations, Chair: CAPT James Campbell, USN (retired), USNA

The Constitution in the Foxhole, Cadet Adam T. Shaw, Army ROTC, Auburn University

Duties to Wounded POWs, Midn 2/d Jarrod Larson, USNA

Embedded Journalists, Midn 2/c Matthew Linsley, USNA


Re-thinking the Structure and Roles of Military Forces, Chair: Lt. Katie Mack

The Ethics of Security force Development (revised version), LtCol Tony Pfaff

Close Combat Privatization, Maj. David M. Barnes

Abandoning torture as a Tactic, Prof. Davida Kellogg, Univ. of Maine (Orono)


Religion, Politics, and the Military, Chair: Capt. John Eric Thompson, Chaplain, USA

Religion, Politics and the Military, Georgios Gartzonikas, Panagiotis Michoas (Hellenic Air Force), and Dr. Joanne K Lekea, Hellenic AF Academy (Athens)

The Military’s ‘Religion Problem’ (revised version), Prof. John Carlson, LCDR, USN(RC)--(Arizona State University Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict)

Buddhist Interpretations of the Use of Force, MIDN 2/c Tyson B. Meadors, USNA