The Role and Place of Dissent in Leadership

George C. Marshall Foundation, Library 

The role and place of dissent in leadership has taken on expanded meaning and urgency in the past 10 years.  The workshop will examine the history and nature of dissent along with the steps strategic leaders take when making weighty decisions. In a hierarchical military organization, obedience and loyalty have been described as the highest military virtues.  Given the importance of these virtues to an effective military organization, are there situations in which members of the military should express their dissent to policies and orders?  If these situations exist, what are they characterized by? And to whom obedience and loyalty is ultimately owed? If dissent is to be allowed, what are the grounds for it and what  form should it take?" Host: COL Thomas N. Meriwether, Virginia Military Institute 

Strategic Views 

LTG Gregory S. Newbold, USMC (Ret.)
Former Director of Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In this capacity, he coordinated the overseas deployments and operations of the 1.4 million personnel of the U.S. military from August 2000 to October 2002.

Tactical Views 

LTC Brian Imiola, Professor, Department of Philosophy, U.S. Military Academy