About Jamie Cullens
Jamie Cullens was the founding Director of what is now known as the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics (CDLE). He served for 19 years in the Infantry and has commanded at platoon, company and battalion levels. He has seen operational service in Kashmir with the UN, in Panama with US forces and more recently with Australian Special Forces in Iraq. He was appointed as the first Director of the Centre for Defence Leadership Studies in 2002, supporting command, leadership, management and military ethics program development at the Australian Defence College and across the Australian Defence Force. He served in this role for over a decade and is known across Defence as a champion for the education and training of ADF and APS members in military ethics and leadership.
About the Competition
Authors were invited to pen an essay of 3000 words (+/- 10%) across three (3) categories (see below). All categories had a generic theme allowing entrants to explore topics in both leadership and ethics in Defence. Entrants were encouraged to write an essay on theoretical ethics or practical ethics, as well as bringing in a leadership dimension where the author may have personal examples (either observed or experienced). The leadership aspect was articulated in the context of ethics (i.e. ethical leadership).
The Australian Defence College (ADC) and Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics (CDLE) congratulates the 2019 Jamie Cullens Defence Leadership and Ethics Essay Competition (JCEC) Winners. Winners will receive books of their choice up to the value of $250 for first prize, $150 for second prize and $100 for third prize.
Category 1: ADF Enlisted
1st FSGT Brendan Church - RELATIONAL LEADERSHIP
2nd LAC Jack Simpson - WHY LEADERSHIP TRAINING IS FAILING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
3rd CPL Ade Rolfe - AN ESSAY ON AIR FORCE ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP
Category 2: ADF Officers
1st WGCDR Jo Brick - KILL THE ENEMY AND DON'T FORGET TO BUY MILK ON THE WAY HOME
2nd FLGOFF Connor Haas - HOW THE ADF APPLIES ITS ORGANISATIONAL ETHICAL STANDARDS
3rd CAPT David Cooling - MORAL INJURY AND THE GAP BETWEEN THE SOLDIER AND THE STATE'S MORAL IDENTITY
Category 3: Defence APS
1st Mr Johnathon Borella - REALISTIC LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOURS CREATE ORGANISATIONAL HABITS
2nd Mr Mark Acebo - THE OUTER LIMITS: THE ETHICS IN DESTROYING SATELLITES
3rd Miss Michelle Xue - THE IMPACT OF ETHICAL ISSUE OF SILENT KINGDOMS TO DEFENCE WARFARE
View the 2018 Jamie Cullens Defence Leadership and Ethics Essay Competition (JCEC) winners here.