Can war ever be morally justified? Public debates with David Swanson on the moral permissibility of war. Radford University, 12 February; College of William and Mary, 13 February. (2018, 12-13 February)
Weaponized software and social responsibility in war. Lecture as part of the NEH-funded project "Meanings of War: Its Technologies and Aftermath," LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY. (2018, 14 March)
The Catholic Church should embrace both Pacifism and the Just War Tradition. Plenary comments at the Force and Christian Responsibility Conference, Catholic University of America, Washington DC. (2018, 22 March)
Military service as character development: From World War I to today. Plenary address at the joint US-UK Conference on World War I, National Defense University, Washington DC (2018, 31 July)
Past presentations (other than those on the moral justification of killing in war):
Introduction to Philosophical Ethics. Professional-development lecture at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (
War and Morality. Professional-development lecture at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (
The Operational-Readiness Inspection: A conversation on leadership. Keynote address to the Rutgers Business School Faculty, West Point, NY. (2016, October 7)
War and Morality. Professional-development lecture at the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. (2016, September 22)
Is it morally permissible for Christians to kill enemy combatants in war? Debate conducted at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA. (2016, March 30)
Beyond psychological interventions: spiritual, organizational and societal responses to military stressors and veteran reintegration issues. Presented to students in SW 6036: Social Work with Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families. Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, Harrison, NY. (2016, March 15)
Character under fire: the American Soldier. Keynote speech given at the town of Goshen’s Veterans Day Ceremony, Goshen, NY. (2015, November 11)
Growing Leaders in Volunteer Organizations. Plenary address at Leadership Conference of Rotary District 7210, West Point, NY. (2013, February 15)
The Army Ethic. Plenary presentation at the Master Army Professional Ethics Trainor course, West Point, NY. (2012, 14 February & 12 June)
A moral justification for killing in war; Leading Soldiers after experiencing casualties; Mentoring Afghan Security Forces to act ethically. Plenary presentations to five battalions in 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Infantry Division (Air Assault), October 16-18 in Fort Campbell, KY. (2012, October 16, 17, & 18)
Making sense of the beauty and tragedy of a combat deployment. Keynote speech at After the Yellow Ribbon Conference, Duke University in Durham, NC. (2011, November 11)
Unleashing the power of peer-to-peer learning. Invited lecture to the College of Technology & Computer Science Leadership Legacy Lecture Series, East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. (2011, April 12)
Exercising moral judgment in war. Annual Distinguished Lecture on Ethics presented to all college-level cadets at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. (2010, October 21)
Tactical 2.0: Making the move to Gov 2.0. Invited plenary presentation at the Executive Session on Citizen Engagement and Empowerment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA. (2010, June 22)
MilSpace: A professional development resource for junior officers. Invited presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Guard Association of the United States in Nashville, TN. (2009, September 12)
Resilience and patriotism. Keynote address at the Orange County Patriot Day Remembrance in Montgomery, NY. (2009, September 11)
MilSpace: Enabling personal knowledge management for professional development and organizational learning. Keynote address at the Army Operational Knowledge Management Conference (AOKM 2008), Kansas City, MO. (2008, October 27)
Propranolol: The moral implications of guilt-reducing drugs. Plenary presentation at the Hastings Center and USMA Interdisciplinary Dialogue in Garrison, NY. (2008, April 18).
Platoon leaders’ experiences in war. Invited presentation to the Officer Personnel Management System Council of Colonels, Fort Belvoir, VA. (2007, October 11).
The military ethicist’s role in preventing and treating combat-related, perpetration-induced psychological trauma. Paper presented at the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, 28-29 January 2005 in Springfield, VA. (2005, January 28)
Lessons learned by company-level leaders in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Invited daily presentation at the USAREUR Land Combat Exposition, 9-11 September 2003 in Heidelberg, Germany. (2003, September 9,10,11)
The purported civil-military values gap: Ideals vs. standards. Paper presented at the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, 25-26 January 2001 in Springfield, VA. (2001, January 26)
Military leaders’ obligation to justify killing in war. Paper presented at the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, 27-28 January 2000 in Springfield, VA. (2000, January 28)
Feminism, sexual harassment, and the Army. Paper presented at the 1998 Radford University Student Research Conference on Gender in Radford, VA. (1998, April)
Past presentations (on the moral justification of killing in war):
Killing in war: a moral justification for killing enemy combatants in war.
- (2007-2017). Numerous presentations to cadets and/or faculty in class sections (e.g., RS103, PY201, MX400, PL471), clubs (e.g., United Catholic Fellowship, Knights of Columbus), and companies (A1, C1, B3, H3), West Point, NY.
- (2015, September 4). Presented to the Officer Candidate School of the 28th Infantry Division, PAARNG, Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA.
- (2015, June 21). Presented to the division-staff officers and NCOs of the 28th Infantry Division, PAARNG, Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA.
- (2015, April 16). Presented to the Georgia National Guard chaplains at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, GA.
- (2015, April 15). Presented to the Army officers in three seminars of the Signal Captains Career Course, Ft. Gordon, GA.
- (2015, March 2). Presented to the students in one class at The Millbrook School, Millbrook NY.
- (2015, February 20). Presented to all cadets in the Army ROTC Battalion at the University of New Haven, New Haven, CT.
- (2015, January 22). Presented to the Army officers in one seminar of the Signal Captains Career Course, Ft. Gordon, GA.
- (2014, October 19). Presented to the West Point Parents Club of New York and New Jersey, West Point, NY.
- (2014, June 24). Presented to Department of the Army Civilians for their quarterly Leadership Professional Development, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ.
- (2014, April 25). Presented to all cadets the USMA Class of 2015 at West Point, NY.
- (2012, October 16-18). Presented to the officers and noncommissioned officers of the 327th Infantry Regiment (Bastogne), Fort Campbell, KY, prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.
- (2011, November 12). A breakout session at the After the Yellow Ribbon Conference at Duke University, Durham, NC.
- (2011, April 13). Presented to all cadets in the Army ROTC Battalion at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
- (2010, March 3). Presented to the officers of the 327th Infantry Regiment (Bastogne), Fort Campbell, KY, in Chattanooga, TN, prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.
- (2009, May 27). Presented to the students and faculty of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA.
- (2008, October 17). Presented to the faculty, students, and parents of The Heights School, Washington, DC.
- (2008, March 12). Presented to the students and faculty of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA.
- (2007, August 2). Presented to the officers of 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, Fort Wainwright, AK.
- (2007, March 16). Presented to the officers of 2nd Battalion (“No Slack”), 327th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY, prior to their deployment to Iraq.
- (2006, November 14-15). Presented to all the Soldiers in 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment (ABN), Fort Bragg, NC.