Lieutenant Colonel Ty Mayfield of Illinois recently co-edited the book Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Profession and Ethics.
Mayfield grew up in an Air Force family. His parents and grandparents currently reside in Olney, Illinois.
Mayfield co-edited the book with U.S. Army Major Nathan Finney.  
The book is an edited collection of essays about the status of professionalism in the U.S. military in its current state.
Mayfield said, “This began as a series of journal articles.”
Mayfield and Finney are founding members of The Strategy Bridge, an online professional journal for national security, strategy, and military affairs. The journal is in its fourth year of publication.
In 2015 The Strategy Bridge ran a series on Profession and Ethics. Mayfield and Finney worked with contributors to elaborate on these articles.  
Mayfield said, “The essays are attempts by a new generation of officers to look at military professionalism reflectively through our current experiences.”
“As the military continues to get smaller and the population grows – linkages to average citizens become fewer and fewer.”
The authors explore whether training and continuing education play a role in defining a profession, and if there is a universal code of ethics required for the military as a profession.
Mayfield provided, “The book emphasizes individual agency for military professionalism as opposed to broad organizational or cultural change. Such a review of these topics is necessary because the process of serious, intellectual self-reflection is a requirement--especially in a profession that involves life and death of people and nations.”
Some of the topics explored in the book address the concern of maintaining trust between the military and civilians as the military endeavors to meet its obligations to the U.S. Constitution.  
Mayfield explained that the book also addresses the concern of the military personnel to maintain trust with their client (the Constitution and U.S. citizens) while simultaneously maintaining autonomy to practice their professions.
The book also discusses the ways in which military professions have needed to evolve with changing times.
Mayfield said, “We moved away from a drafted force to an all-volunteer force. Conflict is much more technology based. We’re not seeing great power military conflict … It (the book) will show some of the challenges in front of us and that we’re thinking about them critically.”
He explained that some chapters are specifically concerning the role of ethics in the military, how decisions are made, and the moral implications of those decisions.
 The book will be published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press. It is scheduled for release on October 15, 2018.
Gen (Ret) Martin Dempsey wrote the forward for the book.  
It is currently available for order on amazon.com.  
The Strategy Bridge is available to the public and can be viewed at https://the strategybridge.org/.-