Course Description

470.692 - Military Strategy & National Policy

This course examines how states and other political entities use violence in pursuit of political objectives. It exposes students to the four levels of strategy-grand strategy, strategy, operations, and tactics-in a national security context. The course will then focus primarily on military strategy as such. Students will critically examine topics such as civil-military relations, land warfare, naval warfare, theories of airpower, insurgency and counterinsurgency, and nuclear strategy. The goal is to understand the embedded assumptions of these various strategic theories, and the circumstances under which they are likely to be successful or unsuccessful. Readings include primary texts that were important in the development of military theory as well as historical cases studies.