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Military Ethics By George Lucas (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School)


A comprehensive and case-driven account of the core ethical principles of the "Profession of Arms," together with a description of the rigorous ethical demands and moral dilemmas these principles impose upon individuals, both in and beyond combat. A thorough but readable, engaging account addressed both to military personnel and the wider public.

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Military Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) by George Lucas (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School)

What significance does "ethics" have for the men and women serving in the military forces of nations around the world? What core values and moral principles collectively guide the members of this "military profession?" This book explains these essential moral foundations, along with "just war theory," international relations, and international law. The ethical foundations that define the "Profession of Arms" have developed over millennia from the shared moral values, unique role responsibilities, and occasional reflection by individual members the profession on their own practices - eventually coming to serve as the basis for the "Law of Armed Conflict" itself. This book focuses upon the ordinary men and women around the world who wear a military uniform and are committed to the defense of their countries and their fellow citizens. It is about what they do, how they do it, what they think about it, how they behave when carrying out their activities, and how they are expected to behave, both on and off the battlefield (whether in, or out of, uniform) - and what everyone (and not just military personnel themselves) needs to know about this. The book also examines how military personnel are treated and regarded by those whom they have sworn to defend and protect, as well as how they treat and regard one another within their respective services and organizational settings. Finally, the book discusses the transformations in military professionalism occasioned by new developments in armed conflict, ranging counterinsurgency warfare and humanitarian military intervention, to cyber conflict, military robotics, and private military contracting. From China to Russia, author George Lucas effectively sheds light on today's military ethics in existence throughout the world. What Everyone Needs to Know (R) is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

Military Ethics Reviews

morality and mortal combat get paired up in this highly readable academic argument for fair play on the modern battlefield * History of War *
George Lucas offers a clear picture of what we should expect from our military forces * Steve Craggs, Northern Echo *

About George Lucas (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School)

George Lucas is Professor Emeritus at the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA), and formerly held the Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is currently President of the original chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME), and editor of the new Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics (2015), containing contributions from military leaders and civilian scholars and educators around the world. Together with Captain W. R. Rubel (U.S. Navy, retired), he is co-editor of a textbook Ethics and the Military Profession: the Moral Foundations of Leadership, and its companion volume, Case Studies in Military Ethics, both widely used in military service academies and in Reserve Officer training (ROTC) programs in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Military Ethics, and teaches as a visiting scholar at the French Military Academy (Saint-Cyr).

Table of Contents

Dedication Acknowledgements Foreword: General John R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) Introduction: Why Military Ethics? Part One: The Moral Foundations of the Military Profession Chapter 1: Ethics and the Profession of Arms Chapter 2: Military Ethics and International Law Chapter 3: The Ancient Origins of Military Ethics Chapter 4: Military Ethics and the "Just War Tradition" Chapter 5: Military Ethics Apart from Combat Part Two: Ethical Challenges Facing the Military Profession Chapter 6: The Ethics of Defense and Private Security Contracting Chapter 7: Military Interventions for Humanitarian Relief Chapter 8: Military Ethics and Unmanned Systems Chapter 9: Military Ethics and Cyber Security Epilogue: Reconsidering Ethics with the Profession of Arms Additional Expressions of Gratitude Index

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Military Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) by George Lucas (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School)
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