Background Readings

Recent Articles

Defence Groups Quiet on Anti-Corruption Measures , Financial Times, April 27, 2015

Blackwater’s Legacy Goes Beyond Public View , New York Times, April 14, 2015

Ex-U.S. Army Colonel Tied to Tilton Equity Firm Reaches Plea Deal , Reuters, April 8, 2015

Blackwater: One of the Pentagon’s Top Contractors for Afghanistan Training , The Nation, March 31, 2015


Ethics in Government Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. § 101 (2012).

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1 (1998).

Procurement Integrity Act of 1988, 41 U.S.C.A. §§ 2102 (2011)

Requirement of Exemplary Conduct, 10 U.S.C. § 3583 (2014)

DOD 5500.07-R, The Joint Ethics Regulation (2011).

Exec. Order No. 12674, “Principles of Ethical Conduct for Government Officers and Employees,” (Apr. 12, 1989).

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 3.103 (2013). Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3  

Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5 C.F.R. pt. 2635 (2014).


American Association of University Professors, Academic Freedom and National Security in a Time of Crisis

Association of American Universities National Defense Education and Initiative: Meeting America’s Security Challenges in the 21st Century (2006).

Barton H. Halpern, Keith F. Snider, Products that Kill and Corporate Social Responsibility: The Case of U.S. Defense Firms , 38.4 Armed Forces & Society (2012).

Brenda Kowske, Ethical Dilemmas Across Cultures, CEO Middle East, Sept. 2007, at 54.

Charlie Cray, Lee Drutman, Corporations and the Public Purpose: Restoring the Balance, 4.1 Seattle J. for Social Justice (2005)

Connie Glaser, Doing a Good Job Isn’t Enough – ‘Cultural Astuteness’ is Needed to Succeed , Business First – Louisville (July 2009).

David Ginsberg and Robert Bohn, Let’s Get Personal: A Guide to the Interpretation and Implementation of the FAR Personal Conflicts of Interest Rules, 47.4 The Procurement Lawyer 11 (2012).

Deborah G. Johnson, Technology with no Human Responsibility?, J. Bus. Ethics (2014).

David Miller, Tom Mills, Counterinsurgency and Terror Expertise: The Integration of Social Scientists into the War Effort, 23 Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2010).

Doreen Lustig, The Nature of the Nazi State and the Question of International Criminal Responsibility of Corporate Officials at Nuremberg: Revisiting Franz Neumann’s Concept of Behemoth at the Industrialist Trials, 43 N.Y.U. J. INT’L L. & POL. 965 (2011).

Edmund F. Byrne, Assessing Arms Makers’ Corporate Social Responsibility , 74 J. Bus. Ethics (2007).

Gavin Maitland, The Ethics of the International Arms Trade , 7.4 Bus. Ethics (1998).

George Lucas, The Ethics of Defense and Private Security Contracting, in Military Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know (forthcoming). 

George Lucas, Legal and Ethical Precepts Governing Emerging Military Technologies: Research and Use, 5 Utah L. Rev. (2013).

Henry A. Giroux, The Militarization of US Higher Education After 9/11, 25.5 Theory, Culture, & Society (2008).

John Bryan Warnock, Principled or Practical Responsibility: 60 Years of Discussion, 41 Pub. Cont. L.J. 881 (2012).

Joseph C. Bryce, Thomas J. Gibson, and Daryn E. Rush, Ethics in Government, 29Am. Crim. L. Rev. 315 (1991).

Joseph W. Yockey, Choosing Governance in the FCPA Reform Debate, Journal of Corporation Law 881 (2012).

Joshua Newberg and Richard Dunn, Keeping Secrets in the Campus Lab: Law, Values, and Rules of Engagement for Industry-University R&D Partnerships (2002).

Leslie Green, Legal Positivism, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Sept. 2009).

Margot Cleveland, Christopher M. Favo, Thomas J. Frecka, Charles L. Owens, Trends in the International Fight Against Bribery .

Mark Pyman, Regina Wilson, Dominic Scott,The Extent of Single Sourcing in Defense Procurement and its Relevance as a Corruption Risk: A First Look, 20.3 Defense and Peace Economics 215 (2009).

Michael N. Tennison, Jonathan D. Moreno, Neuroscience, Ethics, and National Security: The State of the Art, 10.3 Plos Biology (2012).

Nancy Hite-Rubin, A Corruption, Military Procurement and FDI Nexus?, in Greed, Corruption, and the Modern State: Essays in Political Economy (Susan Rose-Ackerman and Paul Lagunes eds., forthcoming).

Peter Hayes, Corporate Freedom of Action in Nazi Germany, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 29 (2008).

Philip Brey, Anticipatory Ethics for Emerging Technologies, 6 Nanoethics (2012).

Philip M. Nichols, The Business Case for Complying with Bribery Laws, 49.2 Am. Bus. L.J. 325 (2012).

Robert Latiff, Ethical Issues in Defense Systems Acquisition , in Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics (George Lucas ed., 2015).

Robert Rhoads, The U.S. University as a Global Model: Some Fundamental Problems to Consider, 7.2 InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies (2011). 

Ryan Jay Lambrecht, The Big Payback: How Corruption Taints Offset Agreements in International Defense Trade (2012).

Steven L. Schooner, Desiderata: Objectives for a System of Government Contract Law, 11 Public Procurement Law Review 103 (2002).

Steven L. Schooner and Nathaniel E. Castellano, Review Essay: Reading the Dream Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious V-22 Osprey, 43.3 Public Contract Law Journal 391 (2014).

Tim Wilson, A Review of Business-University Collaboration, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2012).

Tim Shorrock, Blackwater: One of the Pentagon’s Top Contractors for Afghanistan Training, The Nation, Mar. 31, 2015.

Transparency International, Building Integrity and Countering Corruption in Defense and Security: 20 Practical Reforms (2011).

Transparency International, Codes of Conduct in Defense Ministries and Armed Forces: What Makes a Good Code of Conduct? (2011).

Transparency International, Defense Offsets: Addressing the Risks of Corruption & Raising Transparency (2010).

Transparency International, Organized Crime, Corruption, and the Vulnerability of Defense and Security Forces (2011).