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Course Details

Course Code: NSEC620 Course ID: 4299 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines some of the major concepts of strategic thinking that underpin the national security strategy of the U.S. Students will analyze the primary inputs in the development of national security policy and investigate strategy components that are necessary in the post-Cold War. They will also explore and debate the major issues affecting strategy, to include the impact of rapid technological change and special operations. This course is especially suited to students in the Defense Senior Leadership Development Program.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Examine the theory of strategy and the concept of the making of strategy.

CO-2: Examine the 12 Classical Elements of Classical Strategic Theory and recognize their influence on the development of national security strategy.

CO-3: Analyze the major trends in the development of strategy through the lens of the five domains of conflict/war --land, maritime, air, space, and cyberspace –and differentiate among them.

CO-4: Investigate how strategic theory in each of the domains of conflict/war influences the development of US Joint theory and national security strategy.

CO-5: Apply the 12 Classical Elements of Strategic Theory to a notional future scenario to create a recommended national military strategy for the United States.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussions – 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 11:59 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Generic Outline Assignment (Week 3) – 20%

Recommended Military Strategy Assignment (Week 6) – 35%

Recommended Military Strategy Briefing Slides (Week 8) – 25%

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.