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MILS563 - Case Studies in Joint Warfare

Course Details

Course Code: MILS563 Course ID: 3273 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course offers a series of case studies in joint warfare from World War II to the present. Students examine the U.S. military experience with joint operations, combined operations, and coalition warfare and assess the changing nature of joint warfare in the Cold War, post-Cold War, and post-9/11 global environments in light of specific operations against nation-states and non-state/transnational actors, such as terrorist networks. Special emphasis is on analysis of how joint and combined doctrine has evolved and influenced the American way of war.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Assess the significance and implications of joint warfare.

CO-2: Analyze the evolution of joint operations doctrine.

CO-3: Evaluate the U.S. experience with joint and coalition warfare, as well as combined and peacekeeping operations.

CO-4: Critique the use of joint warfare in selected case studies.

CO-5: Combine the lessons the United States has learned from joint operations and hypothesize their impact on the future of joint warfare.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 30 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings with appropriate citations and bibliography in all three of the mandatory posts. 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.

Midterm Exam – 20 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Specialized Project – 30 percent

This project will demonstrate your ability to synthesize the course material and apply in to a real-world situation. This is a task based exercise. 12-15 pages.

Final Assignment – 20 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 4 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 3.75 %
Week 2 3.75 %
Week 3 3.75 %
Week 4 3.75 %
Week 5 3.75 %
Week 6 3.75 %
Week 7 3.75 %
Week 8 3.75 %
Midterm 20.00 %
Midterm Assignment 20.00 %
Specialized Project 30.00 %
Specialized Project 30.00 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %

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:Lessons and Non-Lessons of the Air and Missile Campaign in Kosovo- (ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
ISBN:9780275972301
Publication Info:Praeger Publishers, Inc.
Author:Cordesman, Anthony H.
Unit Cost:$87.40
Book Title:Air Power Against Terror (free for download on the RAND site at http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG166-1.html)
ISBN:9780833037244
Publication Info:Rand Corporation
Author:Lambeth, Benjamin S.
Unit Cost:$36.40
Book Title:The Albatross of Decisive Victory: War and Policy Between Egypt and Israel in the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli Wars- (ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
ISBN:AMN
Publication Info:Praeger
Author:Gawrych, George
Book Title:From the Normandy Beaches to the Baltic Sea: The Northwest Europe Campaign, 1944-1945- ebook available through the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780275969202
Publication Info:Greenwood Publishing
Author:Alan Levine
Unit Cost:$87.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.