Accession Number : ADA325027

Title :   Operational Ethics in Decision Making: A Commander's Challenge.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Bailey, Rhetta R.

PDF Url : ADA325027

Report Date : 12 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : An operational commander has the responsibility for making critical decisions during campaigns and major operations to achieve operational or strategic objectives. These decisions often present the commander ethical challenges. The commander must rely on his operational ethic to resolve any dilemmas prudently and judiciously. The operational ethic synthesizes the mutually supporting, interwoven qualities of commitment integrity, humanity, wisdom and moral courage. This paper examines the operational ethic of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf during the Persian Gulf War. While not a paragon of the operational ethic, this student believes General Schwarzkopf's intent was for an ethical conduct of the war. Future commanders need to be students of history who possess a character comprised of the qualities outlined in this paper.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *ETHICS, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, PERSIAN GULF, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PERSONNEL SELECTION, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), MENTAL ABILITY.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE