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Colonel Matthew Moten

Colonel Matthew Moten is currently a professor and Deputy Head of the Department of History at the U.S. Military Academy. After graduating from West Point, he was commissioned in the Armor Branch and served in the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany and in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He then taught military history at West Point. After assignments in Kuwait, Fort Jackson, and the Pentagon, Colonel Moten became speechwriter and later legislative advisor to General Eric K. Shinseki, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. In 2002, Colonel Moten was selected as an Academy Professor in the USMA Department of History and assigned as Chief, Military History Division. From January to June of 2005, he served as deputy commanding officer, Dragon Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps and Task Force Dragon, Multi-National Corps, Iraq. He became Professor, USMA, and deputy department head in 2006. Colonel Moten specializes in the history of American political-military relations and recently published a chapter entitled “A Broken Dialogue: Rumsfeld, Shinseki, and Civil-Military Tension,” in American Civil-Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in a New Era (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). He is author of The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession (Texas A&M Press, 2000) and is currently writing a history of American political-military relations. Colonel Moten holds a doctorate in history from Rice University.

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SSI books and monographs by Colonel Matthew Moten

  • The Army Officers' Professional Ethic--Past, Present, and Future

    February 01, 2010

    Authored by Colonel Matthew Moten.
    Do you think the Army officer corps needs a clear statement of its professional ethic? Colonel Matthew Moten does, and he has written it in one page. Join the debate.

    In the Fall of 2013, the author of this monograph, Army Colonel Matthew Moten, chose to retire amid reports of his reprimand for misconduct and removal as head of the U.S. Military Academy's History Department, following an investigation of allegations made against him. Published in 2010, this monograph presents the results of Colonel Moten's critical analysis of an issue important to the Army: deepening our understanding of what the Professional Military Ethic means to the profession today. The monograph remains a solid contribution to the dialogue among professionals the Army leadership sought to ignite. In particular, readers should note well Moten's closing paragraphs:

    "Before the Army accepts such a statement of its professional ethic, much debate is in order. Should we use hard phrases such as "total accountability" and "unlimited liability?" What are officers' core responsibilities as leaders and how far do they extend?

    How concisely should we explicate our adherence to the principle of civilian control? Should we espouse nonpartisanship as part of our ethic? The debate required to answer such questions will provide impetus for an Army-wide discussion about the profession, its ethical values, and the role that it should play as a servant of American society in the future. Let it begin."

    We, at the U.S. Army War College believe the conversation on the Army's professional ethic must continue, and still find value in Moten's 2010 work, notwithstanding the situation that led to his relief.