Identify an ethical issue facing the Army from a leader’s perspective. Describe the root cause of this issue and its impact on the Army

Thesis statement with 6-10 References due by 25 September 2020

Bainbridge Research Paper: Unethical Practices in Government Contracting

Assignment Instructions: Identify an ethical issue facing the Army from a leader’s perspective. Describe the root cause of this issue and its impact on the Army. Then offer a recommended solution using the ethical lenses. The assignment must address the root cause, the impact on the Army and demonstrate how you derived your solution (recommendation) using the ethical lenses.

Write a 5-7 page essay (not including cover and references page) using at least 6-10 scholarly sources and a Minimum of four Level One Headings counting the conclusion.

The Requirements for this essay are listed below:

– Thesis statement with 6-10 References due by 25 September 2020

– Writing assignment will consist of no less than 1300 words and not more than 2000 words (not including the title page, reference page and appendixes);-

– Assignment will have a minimum of four level one headings (conclusion is considered in this number);

– The typed assignment will be double spaced; Times New Roman font (12 pitch);

– Paper will identify and ethical issue facing the Army today and detail the student’s recommended solution to the ethical issue that addresses the root cause and describes how the solution was determined utilizing all 3 of the ethical lenses; and

This is what was submitted as my thesis.  Please follow.

Unethical Practices in Government Contracting and Acquisitions

This paper will offer a leader’s perspective on various ethical issues in the army; the paper seeks to establish a correlation on how ethical problems affect the contracting of goods and services by the army.  Army acquisition of service has become susceptible to ethical issues like corruption, particularly in the initial stages of evaluation and selection. However, like other non-governmental institutions, the military faces myriad ethical dilemmas that affect its effectiveness and prudent service delivery (Latiff, 2015).

From the leadership perspective, there is a need for creating a conducive environment that cultivates a culture that enables all levels of management, from the subordinates to the executive, to comply with ethical principles (de Graaff & Giebels, 2017). Therefore, this paper intends to analyze the circumstances under which the stated ethical issues emanate, how they affect the efficacy of the military in terms of service delivery and the leadership approaches that can mitigate their occurrence. The paper will seek to address these issues, their impact on the army, and offer recommendations on the issues raised.


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Curry, W. S. (2016). Government contracting: Promises and perils. Routledge.

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De Graaff, M. C., & Giebels, E. (2017). Ethical leadership in the military: The gap between theory and practice in ethics education. In Military Ethics and Leadership (pp. 56-85). Brill Nijhoff.

Lambsdorff, J. G. (2002). Making corrupt deals: contracting in the shadow of the law. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization48(3), 221-241.

Latiff, M. G. R. (2015). Ethical Issues in Defense Systems Acquisition. In Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics (pp. 235-245). Routledge.

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