The International Society for Military Ethics 2013 Conference
“Military Virtues and Contemporary Challenges’’

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This three day conference will take place Sunday to Wednesday, October 13-16, 2013 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, under the auspices of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.

For more information on ISME, please visit the web site at: isme.tamu.edu/ or their conference website.
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ISME 2013 Program

Sunday 13 October

19:00-21:00                     
Opening Reception
Location: Fireside Terrace at The Morris Inn

Monday 14 October

8:00                    
ISME Registration & Refreshments
Location: McKenna Hall Atrium

8:45                   
Welcome and overview of program (Don Howard & Richard Schoonhoven)
Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

9:00                    
Keynote Address: Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame
"Military Ethics: A Discipline in Crisis"
Location: McKenna Auditorium
(This talk will be delivered by Reilly Center Director Don Howard)

10:15                  
Break

10:30-12:00      
Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Challenges to Character
Chair: Monica Solomon

- Martin Cook on the Dangers of Integrity and Character
(Talk cancelled due to government shutdown)
- Deanna Messervey on Realistic Ethics Training (This talk has been moved to Session 2)
- Harry Jones on Why More Habituation (and even better arguments) Will Not Change the Way Soldiers Behave
(Talk cancelled due to government shutdown)
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

Session 2: History and Evolution of American Military Virtue
Chair: TBA
- Craig Bruce Smith on Revolution, Morality, and the Continental Army
- Lorien Foote on Virtue and Honor in the American Civil War
- Deanna Messervey on Realistic Ethics Training 
- Tom Gibbons on Moral/Ethical/Honor Implications from a Modern View
(Talk cancelled due to government shutdown)
Location: McKenna Auditorium

Session 3: Epistemic Considerations in Jus in Bello
Chair: TBA
- Peter J. Joyce IV on Bridging the Jus in Bello Epistemic Gap
- Ryan Jenkins on An in Bello Rule - Consequentialist Code or Morality
Location: 112-114 McKenna Hall

12:00                   
Lunch - on your own

13:30-15:00        
Concurrent Sessions

Session 4: Defining Virtue
Chair: Harry Jones
- Brent Kyle on Courage, Cowardice, and Maher’s Misstep
- Cornelia Vikan on Respect as a Military Virtue in Afghanistan
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

Session 5: Issues in Collective Responsibility
Chair: George Lucas
- Pauline Kaurin on Collective Liability and Non-Combatant Immunity
- Jovana Davidovic on Proportionality, Jus in Bello, and Collective Responsibility
Location: McKenna Auditorium

Session 6: Integrity and Fragmentation
Chair: Cliff Arnold
- Patrick Mileham on Good Soldiers and Good Men
- Paul Berghaus and Nathan Cartagena on the Problem of Fragmentation within the Army
Location: 112-114 McKenna Hall

15:00                    
Break

15:30-17:00        
Concurrent Sessions

Session 7: New Challenges
Chair: Randy Dipert
- Shannon Ford on Cybersecurity
- Adam Henschke on Military Cyber-capacity and Emergence
Location: McKenna Auditorium

Session 8: Virtues and New Technology
Chair: Mike Zenk
- Emmanuel Goffi on Re-Thinking Courage in Light of Military Technology Improvement
- Bernhard Koch on the Debate About Autonomous Weapons Systems
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

Session 9: Different Approaches to Virtue
Chair: Beatriz Carrillo
- Mark Jensen on Epictetus vs. Aristotle
- Matthew Beard on A New Approach to Military Honour
- Joseph McInerney on The Role of Virtue in Contemporary Military Ethics
(Talk cancelled due to government shutdown)
Location: 112-114 McKenna Hall

17:00-18:00          
Break

18:00-19:00        
Annual ISME Banquet
Location: The Morris Inn

19:30-20:30
Keynote Address: Herb Lin, Chief Scientist, CSTB, National Research Council of the National Academies
"Understanding Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues Related to Emerging Technologies of Military Significance"
Location: McKenna Auditorium

Abstract:  Ethical, legal, and societal considerations inevitably accompany scientific and technological research and development, but most of the thinking to date about how such considerations should be handled has been limited to R&D in a civilian context.  How and to what extent, if any, do similar considerations apply in a military context, and especially when rapidly changing and/or readily available technologies are at issue?  This talk may be relevant to policy makers, funders of military and other national security R&D, and the scientists and technologists engaged in such R&D.

 

Tuesday 15 October

9:00                      
Plenary Session: Steven H. Walker, Deputy Director, DARPA
"Driving Technological Surprise and Some of the Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications that Can Result"

(Talk cancelled due to government shutdown)
Talk replaced by presentaton and discussion of Euro ISME

10:15                    
Break

10:30-12:00        
Concurrent Sessions

Session 10: Professional Virtues
Chair: Manuela Fernandez
- Danny Cazier on Professional Expertise
- Ian Fishback on Virtue and the Military Profession
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

(Entire panel cancelled due to government shutdown)

Session 11: Psychological and Social Issues
Chair: Jay Malone
- Nolen Gertz on Rethinking Suffering: PTSD, Moral Injury, and Military Ethics
- Christine van Burken and Bart van Bezooijen on Psychological and Social Aspects of Moral Decision Making in Networked Military Operations
Location: McKenna Auditorium

Session 12: The Application and Limits of Virtue Ethics
Chair: Maura Ryan
- P.H. de Vries on After Military Virtue
- Jordy Rochelau on Just War Principles Over Virtue in Jus ad Bellum Decision-Making
Location: 112-114 McKenna Hall

12:00                   
Lunch - on your own

13:30-15:00        
Concurrent Sessions

Session 13: Unusual Challenges
Chair: Yvonne Pichette
- Ibanga Ikpe on Military Ethics and the Dilemma of Irregular Combatants
- George Lucas on Privacy, Cyber Security, and Self-Defense in the Aftermath of Edward Snowden
Location: 112-114 McKenna Hall

Session 14: Rethinking Realism
Chair: Pauline Kaurin
- Kevin Schieman on Political Realism and the Military Professional
- Randy Dipert on Sherman and Rescuing Moderate Military Realism
Location: McKenna Auditorium

15:00                    
Break

15:30-16:00        
ISME Business Meeting
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

16:00-17:30        
Concurrent Sessions

Session 15: Requisite Virtues
Chair: Melinda Gormley
- Cheryl Abbate on Uprooting the Rape Culture of the Armed Forces
- Crystal Allen on the Virtues of Due Care
Location: McKenna Auditorium

Session 16: The Moral Experience of Soldiers
Chair: Kevin Schieman
- Phillip Nelson on A Political Phenomenology of Warfare Ethics
- Michael Robillard on the Moral Exploitation of Soldiers
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

18:00                     
Dinner - on your own

Wednesday 16 October                     

Teaching Seminars for ROTC Cadets, Midshipmen, and Staff

8:00-9:15

Session 17: George Lucas on Inspiring Students to Pursue Intellectual Virtue
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

9:30-10:45

Session 18: Bill Rhodes on Introduction to Military Ethics 
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

11:00-12:15

Session 19: Pauline Kaurin on Introduction to Just War
Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall