Graduate Certificate in Joint Warfare



    • Number of Credits
    • 18
    • Cost Per Credit
    • $ 325
    • Total Tuition*
    • $ 5,850
  • *(Before Transfer Credit)

Program Description

The Certificate in Joint Warfare is designed for students interested in the theory and practice of joint operations from the mid-19th to the 20th century. Students explore topics such as contemporary factors influencing planning for combined or joint operations at the strategic and operational levels; doctrinal and technical aspects of command and control as well as differences among the service components. Special emphasis includes different dimensions of coalition warfare using case studies. In addition, conventional and unconventional warfare are examined in light of technological change and the information age, non-state military threats, rogue regimes, and clashes of culture between regions.

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Program Objectives

  • Examine the theory and practice of joint warfare in every major conflict since the mid-19th century with special emphasis on American joint warfare in the 1980s and 90s.
  • Discern and assess the contemporary factors influencing planning for combined and joint operations at the strategic and operational levels of war.
  • Evaluate the doctrinal and technical aspects of Joint Warfare command and control as well as operational differences among the services.
  • Debate the varied dimensions of coalition warfare and combined operations in both a historical and contemporary perspective.
  • Assess the conventional and unconventional joint warfare of the future in light of technological change and the information age, non-state military threats, rogue regimes, and clashes of culture between regions.

Graduate Certificate in Joint Warfare

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Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
The Making of Strategy
3 hours

This course addresses the application of strategy and process of the making of strategy, both of which deal with the preparation and use of military power to serve the ends of politics. The treatment is chronological, as determined by the various case studies, and two themes run throughout: the relationship of strategy and the strategic level of war to other levels of war, especially policy and the political level of war; and the difficulty inherent in the process of the making of strategy. Note: Not available for students who have previously taken MILS520.

Joint Warfare Theory and Practice
3 hours

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.

Joint Warfare Planning and Implementation
3 hours

This course is a study of the contemporary factors essential and necessary to function effectively in joint or coalition warfare exercises at joint or combined headquarters. Students learn steps, techniques and concepts for effective joint operations planning and implementation appropriate to the operational or strategic levels of war.

Joint Warfare Command and Control
3 hours

This course examines doctrinal aspects of command and control through a study of joint warfare theory in the current Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) curriculum. Emphasis is on Joint Vision, Joint Expeditionary Task Forces, Joint Air Support, and Accelerated Cumulative Warfare. Students use the Joint Military Operations Historical Collection series to explore antecedents to modern applications from the Battle of Vicksburg to Operation Uphold Democracy.

Case Studies in Joint Warfare
3 hours

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.

Studies in Future War
3 hours

This course considers the nature of future military conflict, the history of future war doctrine, and the impact of current conflict on the conceptualization of the "next war." Students examine current, past, and future low-intensity as well as high-intensity conflicts, and the appropriate use of military force in the power projection role to influence a diplomatic resolution to a conflict. Rogue nations, and related cultural clashes, and religious factors are related to planning for future war.

Total Credits (18 Hours)
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