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What Would You Do? 2009

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What Would You Do? — Incident at Shkin

By Capt. Bob Schoultz, USN-Ret. Courtesy of Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. - September 8, 2009
A combat leader has to decide how much force to use in a military operation and must weigh the possibility of injury or death of innocent noncombatants against the risk to which he might expose his troops. In this case, the commander accepts some risk to his troops to protect the innocent.

What Would You Do? — Ready to Fire

By Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. - July 10, 2009
What do you do when religious faith conflicts with a mission?

What Would You Do? — Interdiction in Afghanistan

By Capt. Bob Schoultz, USN-Ret., Courtesy of Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. - June 2, 2009
The following case study is a fictionalized account based on a true incident. Some details have been modified.

What Would You Do? — Conduct Unbecoming an Officer

By Dr. Stephen Wrage, Courtesy of Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. - May 5, 2009
There often are situations when officers feel they must take matters in their own hands and fight the administration for what they feel is morally right. When this happens, it becomes a conflict between the stated orders (or the politics behind the orders) and the moral rightness of an officer's intentions.

What Would You Do? — Tiananmen Square — Why Did He Stop?

By Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. - April 2, 2009
One of the most difficult questions in military ethics is whether we want our servicemembers to be morally responsible or to do as they are told?

Tiananmen Square — Author’s Considerations

5/5/2009 Author Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. discusses the major ethical considerations of the " Tiananmen Square " case study. Do you agree or disagree with his analysis? The point of the case was to look at the problem of following orders versus following our conscience, when we believe we have

What Would You Do? — What the Hell Just Happened?

By Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. - March 4, 2009
In combat, a servicemember often has to decide whom to kill - or not kill. But the rules of engagement may not always apply.

What the Hell Just Happened? — Author’s Considerations

4/2/2009 Author Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. discusses the major ethical considerations of the " What the Hell Just Happened " case study. Do you agree or disagree with his analysis? Almost all readers agreed Sgt. Rob Sara did the right thing with the information he

What Would You Do? — The Falsification of Readiness Records

Courtesy of Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. - February 2, 2009
"Why do good people do the wrong thing?" The premise of this question is that we are all good people, and we all probably have done the wrong thing. So it is worth analyzing why the good in someone can allow him or her to act immorally or illegally.

The Falsification of Readiness Records — Author’s Considerations

3/4/2009 Author Capt. Rick Rubel, USN-Ret. discusses the major ethical considerations of the " The Falsification of Readiness Records " case study. Do you agree or disagree with his analysis? Many comments indicate other servicemembers have seen — or faced — this situation before. As a milit