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Course Details

Course Code: SPST485 Course ID: 4833 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course promotes the understanding and effective use of space power while providing insight into the shaping and consequences of strategic decisions made in a space wargame. Students explore critical space issues in-depth and investigate the integration activities of multiple agencies associated with space systems and services. The course includes an overview of wargaming, the reasons why we wargame, and the history of wargaming. It then examines the space environment and why we wargame in space, even though there has never been a conflict in that domain. Next is an overview of Thor’s Hammer (the National Reconnaissance Office’s wargame) and the Schriever wargame series, followed by lessons learned from each wargame and how wargames affect military strategy. This course allows students to think critically about the importance of space assets and how best to protect them.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
03/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 09/05/2022 - 10/30/2022 September Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

These are the course objectives:

CO-1: Examine the reasons why wargaming is necessary, not only for the military but also for commercial Industry.

CO-2: Analyze the histories of military wargaming and space wargaming for patterns and trends.

CO-3: Examine the pros and cons of conducting wargames in general as well as space wargames.

CO-4: Differentiate between the two major space wargames.

CO-5: Analyze the strategies of a space wargame.

CO-6: Prepare a limited space wargame scenario.

CO-7: Attribute lessons learned from previous wargames, to include space wargames.

CO-8: Analyze space wargaming results for correlations to overall military strategy.

Forums/Participation
There will be 8 Forum topics spread over 8 weeks. Forums make up 30% of your grade. One of the most important aspects of a graduate class is conversation. Thus, the forum topics are designed for developing ideas, entering into dialogue with the instructor and/or your classmates on a variety of topics related to the course. The topics offer some initial comments or questions to initiate responses. Although original thoughts on every topic are not required, each student should strive to include original thoughts or opinions on a majority of the topics. The idea is engagement and discussion. Your comprehension of assigned readings will be reflected in your ability to discuss key course concepts. Use proper paragraphs, spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. No participation earns 0 points.

Quiz

This short quiz will consist of 10 multiple choice, short answer, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions. It will be worth 5% of your overall grade.

Short Paper
Submit an 8-10 page paper on the worth and relevance of space war games and exercises. Given the fact that there has never been a conflict in space, are these war games and exercises a good use of our resources or are they a waste of time and money? Justify your position. The paper is worth 15% of your overall grade.

Although you are welcome to include graphs, photos, charts, etc. they will NOT count toward the minimum requirement of 8 pages of narrative. You must also cite at least 7 references. The paper must be written IAW APA guidelines. Details are in the Assignments Tab.

Wargame Scenario

This is a 2-3 page paper of a draft space wargame scenario, to include the current situation between the U.S./allies and adversaries, capabilities of each side, objectives, participants, and timeframe. The scenario is worth 10% of your grade.

Although you are welcome to include graphs, photos, charts, etc. they will NOT count toward the minimum requirement of 2 pages of narrative.

Research Paper
The research paper will be 12-15 pages of text on any topic we’ve discussed in the class but must be different than your short paper topic. The research paper is worth 20% of your overall grade.

Although you are welcome to include graphs, photos, charts, etc. they will NOT count toward the minimum requirement of 12 pages of narrative. You must also cite at least 10 references. All sources of information must include footnotes. Bibliographies should be complete and include all sources used.

Final Exam

The midterm and final exam make up 20% of your overall grade. Questions will be short essay; you will choose 7 questions out of 12 and respond with 1- 2 paragraphs each. The exam will require you to have a good comprehension of all materials presented.

Writing Expectations

All written submissions should be submitted in one of the following Fonts: 11 or 12-point Times New Roman or 11 or 12-point Arial. Double space the text and indent paragraphs in accordance with Turabian guidelines. Separate your topics for ease of reading and good organization. Include a Title page with your name, course, topic, and date; and a Table of Contents.

Citation and Reference Style

All assignments for this class should follow the APA Style guidelines. You may cite your sources using footnotes OR endnotes but include separate pages for References and the Bibliography.

Late Assignments
I understand there are times in your personal and professional lives that may preclude you from completing assignments on time. I want you to submit quality work and not work that is rushed just to meet a suspense. Try to stay ahead of the assignments so you can stick to the set guidelines. However, if you need more time, ask for an extension.I am typically flexible with suspenses, but ONLY when there is a good justification. All I ask is that you let me know BEFORE the assignment due date that you require additional time. Don’t request additional time two hours before the assignment is due or the day after. Students who submit assignments late without pre-coordination with the instructor will have points deducted from that assignment. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and will result in points deducted from your final course grade.

***If you have questions about the course grading, don't hesitate to contact me either by email or through the Sakai message system.***

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum 2.50 %
Week 1: Introduce Yourself 2.50 %
Discussions 27.50 %
Week 1: The Value of Commercial Wargames? 3.93 %
Week 2: Wargames: Beneficial or a Waste of Resources? 3.93 %
Week 3: Incident that Could Lead to an International Crisis? 3.93 %
Week 5: Thor's Hammer vs. Schriever 3.93 %
Week 6: Wargame Strategy Educational Goals 3.93 %
Week 7: Two Changes to Schriever Wargame? 3.93 %
Week 8: How Wargames Shape Military Strategy 3.93 %
Short paper 15.00 %
Relevance of Space Wargames 15.00 %
Wargames Scenario 10.00 %
Space Wargame Scenario 10.00 %
Short Quiz 5.00 %
Quiz 5.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final 20.00 %

These are the course objectives:

CO-1: Examine the reasons why wargaming is necessary, not only for the military but also for commercial Industry.

CO-2: Analyze the histories of military wargaming and space wargaming for patterns and trends.

CO-3: Examine the pros and cons of conducting wargames in general as well as space wargames.

CO-4: Differentiate between the two major space wargames.

CO-5: Analyze the strategies of a space wargame.

CO-6: Prepare a limited space wargame scenario.

CO-7: Attribute lessons learned from previous wargames, to include space wargames.

CO-8: Analyze space wargaming results for correlations to overall military strategy.

Book Title:Wargaming for Leaders: Strategic Decision Making from the Battlefield to the Boardroom - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780071596886
Publication Info:McGraw Hill Lib
Author:Herman & Frost
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.