Accession Number : ADA194096

Title :   Ethical Guidelines for Covert Operations.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Myers, M E

PDF Url : ADA194096

Report Date : 29 Mar 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : This study explores problems associated with performing covert operations, especially specific attention devoted to those instances which are void of definitive guidance. Accordingly, this paper strives to define appropriate instructions for such activities and to suggest parameters to ensure established procedures are followed. Although the initial concept of this project was intended to address ethical conduct in military covert activities, it became quite evident in the early review of research material that personal values and individual commitments should be essentially the same regardless of whether it involves civilian or military directed operations. Therefore, the scope of the study has been broadened to look. The study also looks at the ethics, or lack thereof, demonstrated by federal government entities and their employees when tasked to undertake covert initiatives. The author reflects upon how the terms 'covert', 'ethical', and 'unethical' are viewed by a cross-section of the federal bureaucracy and general people and institutions more often than not revert to personal standards, religious or political philosophy, or biased thinking when taking a stance on ethical and unethical conduct. Covert operations tend to convey a negative image to a wide range of society. It is imperative that managers and senior military officers ensure that ethical standards are established, are clearly defined and understood, and that subordinates realize the consequences if such are violated. Even with the most exact guidelines, individuals involved in covert activities must be keenly alert to unexpected pitfalls which tasks their ability to respond not only in a truly professional manner, but with the desired ethical reaction.

Descriptors :   *COVERT OPERATIONS, *ETHICS, *MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, OFFICER PERSONNEL, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, CASE STUDIES, LEADERSHIP

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE