Stephen E. Arnold: Free DoD Book about Ethical Behavior

Ethics, Military
Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Free DoD Book about Ethical Behavior

Ethical behavior in the intelligence community is an important consideration. What does the Department of Defense do to assist its personnel in navigating the often-churning waters of day-to-day decision making?

The Department of Defense publishes in Microsoft Word format a compendium of stories about ethical lapses in the Department of Defense and other US government agencies. The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures is a Department of Defense publication. The 2012 update is located at The case examples range from simple fraud to bizarre exchanges of inside information for “personal” (sexual) services. The Wall Street Journal makes a copy of the 2007 version of the document available at its Web site at

You can find a compendium of related publications on the DoD Guidance page. An interesting summary of the “rules” for ethical conduct may be found in Cindy Van Rassen’s Ethics/Professional Responsibility” delivered at the 2012 40th Annual Symposium on Government Acquisition. At the time, Ms. Van Rassen was the Associate General Counsel for the Missile Defense Agency. The PowerPoint presentation was available online on July 22, 2013.

Does the Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures help minimize lapses in judgment? One hopes that the information programs provide a useful function.

Stephen E Arnold, July 22, 2013

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