Key Concepts in Military Ethics
edited by Deane-Peter Baker
Published by UNSW Press
RRP $19.99 in paperback
All the contributors to this book were, at the time of publication, part of the teaching and research team in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra, the campus responsible for all the degree programs offered to the cadets and midshipmen of the ADF at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).
As such, writes Dr Deane-Peter Baker, the editor of this volume, ‘we’re a group of scholars who take the professional relevance of what we teach and write about very seriously indeed’.
The book is intended to serve as a companion volume to a new UNSW Canberra venture, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called ‘Ethics for the Military Profession: An Introduction’.
It is structured as a series of ‘mini-chapters’ that cover a huge range of topics and issues: moral dilemmas, military and civilian interactions, freedom of the press, peacekeeping, terrorism, and humanitarian intervention. There is, for example, a chapter on The Military and the Media and an interesting chapter on Illegal Orders and Whistle-blowing.
Dr Deane-Peter Baker was appointed to UNSW Canberra in August 2012. He came to Canberra from Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where he was an Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy for two and a half years, having previously taught in South Africa.
In this small book, he has successfully brought together a concise yet detailed volume on military ethics that will interest serious readers of military matters.
Just as I was doing some research for my next book blog I came across this interesting place – the Spy Museum – in Washington DC, located close by some other famous DC landmarks – Ford’s Theatre, for one – and only a few blocks from the White House.
Something to put on the American tour itinerary if you’re planning a trip in the near future!
But also they have an interesting podcast series which i stumbled across – twice a month, the International Spy Museum offers a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum. Dr. Houghton specializes in intelligence, diplomatic, and military history, with expertise in the late-WWII and early-Cold War eras.
I’ve provided two links – one to the iTunes list of podcasts here
and one to the list on the Museum’s website here
There are some interesting topics covered in their podcast series, most notably Cold War era spying but also contemporary subjects, for example, one China expert talking about how the Chinese really view America and its leaders.