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The purpose of the ethics paper is to help you recognize that often times there are important ethical issues related to the development and usage of technology. Below are suggestions for major topic areas listed in random order. Under each topic area are subtopics posed as questions. Your ethics paper can address one or more of these questions, or you can use these suggested ideas to help develop your own question to investigate in your paper. In each case, it is important to examine the ethical issues related to the topic. This can include adding your own opinion about the ethical issues. Remember the paper should be 3-5 pages long and written in your own words. Include your name, course number, date, title of paper, and number each page. Single Space. The format and citation style, please see sample . 16. Engineering and the military-industrial complex. The U.S. military-industrial complex is a huge multi-billion dollar industry and engineering is key to its success. 16a. How has the military-industrial complex affected the U.S. economy and encouraged the growth of new technologies? 16b. What are some of the recent noteworthy engineering accomplishments that have arisen from the military-industrial complex in the U.S.? 16c. How has engineering and technology changed modern warfare and what changes might we expect to see in the future? Student Name Ethics Paper EE496 – Capstone II Dr. Advisor 12/08/13 Catch-22: The Dilemma of Whistleblowers in Engineering “To be or not to be? That is the question.” ? Hamlet In recent months, US public relation with other countries has continued to worsen, part of which was directly caused by the actions of American whistleblower Edward Snowden during the National Security Agency spying fiasco. To some, Snowden is a treacherous traitor, while to many others, he is nothing short of a martyr standing up to the unethical misconduct carried out by the authority above. Whichever case Snowden appears to be, the underlying question always will be whether his action was justified to begin with. Is it within the moral standards of one’s rights to speak out against unethical wrongdoings that were being carried out by one’s colleagues, supervisors, and/or upper management? What about the non-disclosure commitment that one is obliged to the moment he or she joined an organization? The old saying usually goes that “no good deed goes unpunished”; what are, then, the consequences of whistleblowing once the whistle is blown? This paper, thus, is aimed to examine and weigh the validity of such an action and to provide current and future engineers with general expectations, pros, cons, and the resulting costs associated with whistleblowing. Being wellinformed will at least, in part, prepare these engineers to make the appropriate decisions relative to them should predicaments like this ever arises. In order to explore this notion further, a firm grasp of “whistleblowing” must first be established. Whistleblowing is an act of a public or private employee disclosing information, internally and/or externally, that he or she reasonably believed “showed a violation of law, gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public safety or health” . Since a majority of whistleblowers report misconduct on a fellow employee or superior within their company, internal whistleblowers are more prevalent and will be observed closely under an engineering perspective. Under this light, the reasons for whistleblowing then closely align with those expressed in the Code of Ethics of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This is especially true for the first two IEEE’s principles, which state that an engineer should always disclose conflicts of interest and any information that would, when withheld, jeopardize the safety, health, and welfare of the public  . In practice, all engineers are strongly encouraged by the IEEE to blow the whistle, and that civic and ethical duty trumps the duty to the employer, but at what cost? To protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation, the government has established laws such as the Whistleblower Protection Act . However, such protection scheme provided for whistleblowers remai