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This chapter concludes a book that grew out of 2015 a conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, which brought together defense industry leaders, academics, and lawyers to discuss ethical challenges to the defense industry. Authors from the academy, practitioners, and policy-makers offer perspectives and insights such that the collection spans a broad range of disciplines, from philosophy, economics, law, and political science, to the management of corporate compliance.

In addition to attempting (no doubt unsuccessfully) to tie many of the book's themes together, the chapter itself asserts that the academic community is well served to keep scholars and students talking and thinking about the defense industry, warts and all. Indeed, our sense is that this was Eisenhower’s ultimate plea in his military-industrial-complex speech: that an “alert and knowledgeable citizenry” would influence our elected leadership to make ethical decisions for the public good.

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