moral trauma in today's combat operations

Many are quick to label (informally) or diagnose (formally) military members struggling with the aftereffects of their service as suffering from PTSD. As a result, one of the major emphases of commanders (and consequently chaplains) is on resiliency. Resiliency, commonly understood, is the individual's ability to 'bounce back' or 'spring…

The RPA 'Double-Tap': Ethical Engagement or Moral Monster?

After what seems like forever, my Air Force-sponsored master's thesis is completed, graded, and now released to the world or whomever is interested... Title:  The RPA 'Double-Tap':  Ethical Engagement or Moral Monster Abstract: The ethical philosophy known as the Just War tradition (JWT) has governed the use and restraint of…

On Sending Folks to War

[Last Friday I had the privilege of seeing one of our Texas Air National Guard units off to war.  For their security and that of their families I won't mention the unit name, deployed locations, dates, etc.] At once, I have the strangest and most wonderful "job" in the military…