Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics

Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics

by Nathan K. Finney, Tyrell O. Mayfield

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ISBN-13: 9781682473641
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,026,088
File size: 481 KB

About the Author


Nathan K. Finney is an officer in the U.S. Army with a focus on strategy and planning. He is the creator and co-founder of The Strategy Bridge, the founder and first managing director of the Military Fellowship at the Project on International Peace & Security, a founding member of the Military Writers Guild, a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, and a visiting fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He has published in a number of online forums, print publications, and peer-reviewed journals.

Tyrell O. Mayfield is an officer in the U.S. Air Force with a focus on advising foreign partners and expeditionary security operations. He is a co-founder of The Strategy Bridge, a founding member of the Military Writers Guild, and has published photography and written work in a number of online forums, print publications, and peer-reviewed journals.


Tyrell O. Mayfield is an officer in the U.S. Air Force with a focus on advising foreign partners and expeditionary security operations. He is a co-founder of The Strategy Bridge, a founding member of the Military Writers Guild, and has published photography and written work in a number of online forums, print publications, and peer-reviewed journals.

Table of Contents

Foreword Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA (Ret.) xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Assessing the Modern Military Profession Nathan K. Finney Tyrell O. Mayfield 1

Patterns of Professional Introspection 2

The Military Profession 3

Professional Ethics 4

Professional Education and Mentorship 5

Notes 6

Part I

Chapter 1 Questioning Military Professionalism Pauline Shanks-Kaurin 9

Introduction 9

The Nature and Context of Military Professionalism 9

The Future: Asymmetric Professions? 16

Conclusion 19

Notes 20

Chapter 2 The Military Profession: Law, Ethics, and the Profession of Arms Jo Brick 22

Introduction 22

Military "Professional"? 23

Professionalism, Law, and Ethics 26

Conclusion 32

Notes 34

Chapter 3 Evolution of Defining the Army Profession Casey Landru 36

Introduction 36

Huntington and Janowitz 36

Developing the Professional Ethic and a Focus on Values 39

Conclusion 50

Notes 51

Chapter 4 Professionals Know When to Break the Rules H. M. "Mike" Denny 53

Introduction 54

Analysis of Autonomous Action 56

The Autonomous Professional 58

Conclusion 67

Notes 68

Chapter 5 When the Military Profession Isn't Tony Ingesson 70

Introduction 70

Huntington's Professionals 70

The Definition of a Profession 72

The US Army Profession 74

A Different Approach 78

The Three-Block War Revisited 80

Conclusion 82

Notes 84

Chapter 8 Ethical Requirements of the Profession: Obligations of the Profession, the Professional, and the Client Rebecca Johnson 86

Introduction 86

The Ethical Significance of a Profession 88

Ethical Requirements of the Profession 89

Ethical Requirements of the Professional 92

Ethical Requirements of the Client 95

Conclusion 98

Notes 99

Part II

Chapter 7 The Rise, Fall, and Early Reawakening of US Naval Professionalism William M. Beasley Jr. 103

Introduction 103

Professions, Professional Development, and the US Navy 105

Sailing in Shoal Waters 107

"O Captain! My Captain!" 109

History's Higher Order 110

Newport and the General Board: Finding the Weather-Gauge 112

The Price of Command: The Ebbing Tide 115

Running Aground 118

Conclusion 121

Notes 122

Chapter 8 An Educated Military: Professional Education and the Profession of Arms Simon Anglim 133

Introduction 133

The Historical Context 134

Foundations of Professionalism 135

New Professionals 136

Why Military Education Is Different 137

Narrative and the Profession 139

Explaining the Why: Ethics 141

Doctrine and the Profession 142

Jointness and Interagency Cooperation 144

Conclusion 145

Notes 145

Chapter 9 Mentoring for a Military Professional Identity Raymond A. Kimball 146

Introduction 146

Mentoring and Identity Formation 150

Problems 154

Conclusion 160

Notes 161

Chapter 10 The Army Profession from Macro to Micro: How Individual Effort Is More Important Than Sweeping Initiatives Steven Foster 165

Introduction 165

Defining Professionalism 166

What Are the Foundations of Professionalism in the Military? 168

Obstacles to Professionalism 170

Institutional Efforts to Enhance Professionalism in the Military 174

Stewardship of the Profession from the Bottom Up 176

Conclusion 178

Notes 180

Chapter 11 The Military Is Not the Sole Profession on the Battlefield Holly Hughson 184

Introduction 184

Witness 185

Problem Set 186

What Is a Profession? 189

The Humanitarian Profession 190

Professions at the Intersection 192

Conclusion 196

Notes 200

Chapter 12 Born of Insubordination: Culture, Professionalism, and Identity in the Air Arm Brian Laslie 202

Introduction 202

A Note on Air Force Culture 205

Three Contemporary Case Studies 209

Conclusion 218

Notes 219

Conclusion: The Modern Military Profession Nathan K. Finney Tyrell O. Mayfield 222

On the Arc of Professionalism 224

A Modest Contribution 227

Notes 228

About the Contributors 229

Index 233

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