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MILS560 - Joint Warfare Theory and Practice

Course Details

Course Code: MILS560 Course ID: 3266 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course covers the theory and practice of joint warfare, by examining major conflicts since the mid-19th and joint warfare in the 1980s and 1990s. Students assess, through case studies, the impact of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 on the Department of Defense and U.S. national security strategy.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Examine the history of joint warfare.

CO-2: Deconstruct the course of events that led to the creation of the Department of Defense.

CO-3: Evaluate the impact of the Goldwater-Nichols act on the Department of Defense and the individual Services.

CO-4: Analyze the theory and doctrine of joint warfare.

CO-5: Assess the implications of future defense trends on joint warfare.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Analytical Reaction Paper Exercise – 15 percent

The driving force of this assignment is to get you into thinking and analyzing military affairs and science. Your 2-3 page paper and specific research question will relate to a general topic in the first two weeks of the course. This stands alone from the research paper.

Research Paper – 35 percent

The research paper should be 10-12 pages of analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices. Send your topic for approval not later than the end of week two.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is an essay assignment of 4 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. You will pick 3 of the 4 to do. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum 1 2.50 %
Forum 2 2.50 %
Forum 3 2.50 %
Forum 4 2.50 %
Forum 5 2.50 %
Forum 6 2.50 %
Forum 7 2.50 %
Forum 8 2.50 %
Assignment 80.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Analytical Reaction Paper 15.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo & the Future of Combat
Publication Info:New York, NY: PublicAffairs LLC, 2001
Author:Clark, Wesley
Unit Cost:$25.39
Book Title:Generals' War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf
Publication Info:New York, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 1996
Author:Gordon, M.R.
Unit Cost:$21.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.