PAD 500 Assignment 2 The Concept of Ethical Obligations

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PAD 500 Assignment 2 The Concept of Ethical Obligations



Assignment 2 The Concept of Ethical Obligations


 Based on the case study, George Tenet and the Last Great Days of the CIA, in Stillman, Chapter 16, write a 45 page paper in which you

Identify four (4) crosscoded ethical dilemmas facing former CIA Director George Tenet and assess their impact on his leadership abilities.

Analyze four (4) ways in which Tenet addressed the prioritization of ethical concerns.

Identify and explain four (4) strategies used in competing ethical obligations in relation to the many intergovernmental organizations that overlapped his office.

Elaborate on four (4) relevant notions for designing ethical maps for defining and prioritizing ethical obligations.

Research and cite at least four (4) peerreviewed academic sources.

6.  Prepare a 510 in class oral powerpoint presentation on an ethical issues involving local public officials within DC local government. Presentation should provide background on topic; explain the ethical delimma; describe the impact on the city; explain how the matter resolved; provide strategies of how matter could have been avoided. Professor must approve each topic.


Your assignment must

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with oneinch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or schoolspecific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

Include a cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

Include a cover and reference page for powerpoint presentation.


The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are

Assess the changing nature and responsibilities for managing public and nonprofit organizations.

Critique ethics in public service and its influence to the study of public administration as it relates to political choice.

Use technology and information resources to research issues in modern public administration.

Write clearly and concisely about modern public administration using proper writing mechanics.

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The Concept of Ethical Obligations

The Concept of Ethical Obligations

Based on the case study, George Tenet and the Last Great Days of the CIA

August 1, 2013


During the presidency of Bill Clinton, 44-year-old George Tenet was sworn in as the eighteenth director of central intelligence on July 11, 1997. Tenet served in this position through two White House administrations. With this new role as director, his focus was to begin a rebuilding process of the agency. The CIA was in disarray when Tenet took over. The agency had suffered inconsistent leadership since the fall of the Soviet Union, and he was the fifth Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) in seven years. Morale sagged badly. Since 1991, the agency had lost more than 3,000 of its best people—more than 20 percent of its workforce—including many of its more experienced case officers (Weiner 2007, 470) “Tenet understood that managing a large and complex government bureaucracy would be difficult enough, but managing one that operates under a shroud of secrecy would challenge even the most talented and energetic leader. To complicate his task, the CIA at the time was really two separate agencies, each with its own operating procedures and organizational personality” (White, 2008). The agency budget was a mess, and there was no central accounting of funds spent. At the same time, the CIA had lost the technological edge that had enabled it to compete and triumph during the Cold War. The agency had not kept abreast of breakthroughs in private industry in communications technology, satellite surveillance, and supercomputing (Tenet 2007, 21). Though required to coordinate the intelligence community, the DCI had little real authority over other agencies and controlled less than 20 percent of overall intelligence spending. The ethical dilemmas George Tenet faced during his tenure as the CIA director had to deal with backing his statements of Iraq’s chemical weapons knowing that the information he was proclaiming was false. During the Iraq War buildup, he no longer served primarily as an honest broker of hard intelligence but instead allowed himself to be swept up in the politics of the day. According to one CIA official, he helped the administration use intelligence “not to inform decision making, but to justify a decision already made” (Pfiffner 2007a, 14). He tried to keep a low profile and stay out of the public limelight, but as a member of the president’s small war cabinet, he found himself increasingly involved in t...

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