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dc.contributor.advisorStrawser, Bradley J.
dc.contributor.advisorSimons, Anna
dc.contributor.authorWigger, Chris G.J.
dc.contributor.authorOelschlager, Patricia J.
dc.dateJun-17
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-14T16:46:58Z
dc.date.available2017-08-14T16:46:58Z
dc.date.issued2017-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/55553
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractSpecial Operations Forces (SOF) are closely involved with many of the military's developments to maintain a high readiness force. SOF emphasizes proper training and education, high physical and mental fitness, and proper moral awareness. In that respect, performance enhancing supplements or drugs (PES/D) can make a major contribution and be a next step in military development. But what is the impact of such a step? Accepting or even experimenting with PES/Ds will have far-reaching effects and raises medical, legal, and above all, ethical concerns. In light of this, our research question is: Could conditions be met such that it is morally justifiable to allow Special Operations Forces to use performance-enhancing supplements or drugs to improve individual capabilities, develop greater resiliency, and expand the overall performance of SOF units and, if so, what are the implications? To answer this question, this thesis reviews scholarly literature on ethics and history of military's use of drugs, drug and supplement factsheets, and survey of SOF members who would be the potential test systems. We contend that there are ethically permissible uses for PES/Ds within the military, and by SOF, in particular. Moreover, our examination of a sampling of SOF attitudes toward such use likewise supports our conclusion. Based on our findings, we assess that the broader SOF community should be open and willing to engage in the research and testing necessary to see whether such a conclusion deserves to stand. To that end, the type of PES/Ds, the extent of their use, and the conditions under which they would be utilized need to be explored through more rigorous testingunder safe but realistic conditions.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/themoralobligati1094555553
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe moral obligation to explore the military use of performance-enhancing supplements and drugsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorperformance enhancing supplements and drugsen_US
dc.subject.authorPES/Dsen_US
dc.subject.authorhuman enhancementen_US
dc.subject.authorcognitive enhancersen_US
dc.subject.authorphysical enhancersen_US
dc.subject.authorsupplementsen_US
dc.subject.authordrugsen_US
dc.subject.authorgene therapyen_US
dc.subject.authorlegislationen_US
dc.subject.authorethicsen_US
dc.subject.authormoral responsibilityen_US
dc.subject.authorspecial operation forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorSOFen_US
dc.subject.authorDutch special forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorU.S. special forcesen_US
dc.subject.authormilitary developmenten_US
dc.subject.authorresiliencyen_US
dc.subject.authorPOTFFen_US
dc.subject.authorUSSOCOMen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, Royal Netherlands Marine Corpsen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armed Forcesen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in information Strategy and Political Warfareen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysis and Master of Science in Information Strategy and Political Warfareen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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