Centre for Military Ethics

Key People

Dr David Whetham

Dr David Whetham

Director

Dr David Whetham is Reader of Military Ethics at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy where he coordinates or delivers the military ethics component of courses for between two and three thousand British and international officers a year.

David has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, Annapolis (2011), and with the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics at the Australian Defence College in Canberra (2009). He is also a regular visiting lecturer in military ethics at the Baltic Defence College, the Military Academy in Belgrade and for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

Publications include Ethics, Law and Military Operations (Palgrave, 2010), Just Wars and Moral Victories (Brill, 2009) and with Andrea Ellner & Paul Robinson (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).

David is Vice President of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (Euro ISME) which holds an annual conference for military practitioners, academics and defence policy-makers.

Please pass all enquiries through David: david.whetham@kcl.ac.uk

Dr Sally Rohan

Dr Sally Rohan

Deputy Director

Dr Sal Rohan is a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies. Since joining the new UK Joint Staff College in 1997, she has been instrumental in the development of Joint Military Education. Having served as Deputy Dean and Deputy Head of the Defence Studies Department, she also has wide experience in senior course management, as Academic Director of the postgraduate joint and international Advanced Command and Staff Course and of the Intermediate Command and Staff course Land. Her responsibilities have included the translation of military objectives into educational outcomes through curriculum design, course development and support, and the negotiation of multi-stakeholder buy-in. She has had responsibility for Quality Assurance of all Departmental teaching and assessment and is currently engaged in the development of a new Masters Programme for the British Army.

A specialist in European security, (The Western European Union. International Politics Between alliance and Integration, Routledge, 2014), she has served as faculty member of the European Union’s European Security and Defence College, and is an academician at the Central European Academy of Science and Art.

Sal’s current research on service, national and international Professional Military Ethics Education (PMEE) has taken her as far a-field as South America and the Balkans, where she has had unprecedented access to military establishments. She has contributed to the work of the UK Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre as a member of the Tri-Service Military Ethics Working Group, conducting a review of the current Moral Leadership training gap and developing an ethics education and training curriculum. She has also worked with the UK single services on their provision of through-career ethics education, alongside chaplains, military trainers, recruiters and personnel planners. Her work on the Professional Military Ethic as a vehicle for Military Ethical Education is due for publication imminently (Ashgate), and she is co-author (with David Whetham) of a commissioned manuscript on comparative professional military ethics education (Manchester University Press), to be published in 2017. She is also an active member of the European International Society for Military Ethics.

Dr Andrea Ellner

Dr Andrea Ellner

Core Team

Dr Andrea Ellner is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy. She is an inter-disciplinary scholar who holds a PhD in Political Science, Free University of Berlin, and MA History, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. Her current research and specialist teaching focus on historical and contemporary dimensions of civil-military and military-society relations in Europe and the US, particularly gender integration in Western armed forces, ethics of war and military organisations, social discourses on war and warriors, gender and armed conflict.

She has served on the Committee of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (2005/6), was a visiting lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2005) and a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (1994-5).

Publications include ‘The Ethics of Inclusion: Gender Equality, Equal Opportunity and Sexual Assault in the Australian, British, Canadian and US Armed Forces,’ in George Lucas (ed.), Handbook of Military Ethics. (Routledge: forthcoming 2015) and "War Resisters in the US and Britain – Supporting the Case for a Right to Selective Conscientious Objection?" in Andrea Ellner, Paul Robinson and David Whetham (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).

Dr Ellner is a member of the European Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics (EURO-ISME), the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London, the Royal United Services Institution (RUSI), London, and the British Pugwash Society.

Major Tom McDermott DSO MA

Major Tom McDermott DSO MA

Research Fellow

Major Tom McDermott DSO MA joined the British Army in 2001. Through fourteen years' service he has operated from the tactical to the strategic. He took part in the 2003 Iraq invasion as a tank commander, and has worked in both the EU Military HQ in Brussels and within highly-sensitive MOD departments. In 2011 he attended the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, where he gained an MA in Strategy and Policy and was awarded the Governor General's Prize as the best student.

In recent years he has specialised in the NATO operation in Afghanistan, planning and coordinated high-tempo strike operations throughout the country. In 2013 he commanded the Reconnaissance Force for the UK's 7th Armoured Brigade (the Desert Rats), where he led 50 air-mobile missions. For this he was awarded the UK's Distinguished Service Order. Maj McDermott has most recently been employed as an Instructor at the Defence Academy of the UK, specialising in leadership and land warfare. In October 2015 he will transfer to the Australian Army.

Dr Emma Cunliffe

Dr Emma Cunliffe

Research Fellow 2016

Dr Cunliffe's research interests focus on the types of damage sustained by archaeological sites in the Middle East in peace and war, and developing ways of identifying and recording the threats using satellite imagery and social media. This work has primarily focused on Syria and Iraq. As a part of this, she is also interested in civil-military relations before, during, and after conflict. Dr Cunliffe joins the Centre for Military Ethics in order to produce a Blue Shield/Cultural Heritage Property Protection online module.

Hayley Stoate

Hayley Stoate

Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2016

Hayley Stoate is a second year Undergraduate Political Economy student at King's College London. With a view to pursue diplomacy, she aspires to attain a well-rounded understanding of international relations: from private, security, and public perspectives. After working in a tech start-up TitanFile last year, Hayley is currently working as a research fellow for Dr. David Whetham in the field of Military Ethics before she goes on to intern in Parliament later this summer. Looking forward, Hayley hopes to pursue a law conversion immediately following her degree.

William Reynolds

William Reynolds

Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2016

William Reynolds is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, where he is working on a project highlighting ethical dilemmas in military environments and provide prompts for discussing them in formal and informal settings, with an aim to expanding the tools into the joint environment. He is currently entering the second year of his Undergraduate degree in War Studies at Kings College London with a focus on post 1792 historical warfare up to contemporary issues.

Gwilym Williams

Gwilym Williams

Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2015

Gwilym Williams is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, where he is working with Dr David Whetham on a project to highlight ethical dilemmas in military environments and provide prompts for discussing them in formal and informal settings. He has recently completed his undergraduate degree in History at King’s, where he largely focused on military and political issues, writing his final-year dissertation on the politics of the despatch of Spitfires from Britain to Australia during the Second World War. He hopes to begin the MA War Studies programme at King’s in September, and to pursue a career relating to the armed forces and British defence policy.