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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: MILS655 Course ID: 3499 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a comprehensive study of the naval doctrines, strategies, and force components involved in joint warfare in the modern age. Students address the naval component strengths and weaknesses in working in interagency, interservice environments as seen through analysis of several modern military operations.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1 - Analyze events that impact the ongoing evolution of contemporary world naval power.

CO-2 - Examine the relationship of technology, government, and conflict to the conduct of contemporary world naval power.

CO-3 - Assess the relationships between firepower, mobility, and force protection in the conduct of modern naval warfare.

CO-4 - Evaluate the influence social, cultural, economic and political factors exert on the art and science of joint naval warfare.

CO-5 - Determine the influence and direction of specific doctrines, tactics, and organization in the conception and execution of joint naval warfare.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two 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.

Research Paper 1 – 25 percent

You will clear with the instructor your subject before writing and submitting this essay, which must be on the subject of the history of naval forces in joint warfare. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course. 6-8 pages, 300 words/page, due at the end of our third week. See the ‘How to Write to Standard’ handout in your Resources folder for questions of format and style.

Research Paper 2 – 25 percent

This written project will examine the current and future role for naval forces in joint warfare and show your understanding of the readings and forum discussions in our course. You will treat the Navy’s unique ability as the supplier of electronic equipment and signal and computing power in the modern joint operation. This project will demonstrate your ability to synthesize discipline specific material. It is due at the end of our sixth week

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of two questions, 4-5 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 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Research Papers 50.00 %
Research Paper 1 25.00 %
Research Paper 2 25.00 %
Final Exam 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %

Required Course Textbooks

There is no required textbook for this course, you will employ on-line resources.

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:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.