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NSEC503 - U.S. National Security


This course assesses the major concepts of strategic thinking that underpin the national security decision making process in the U.S. Students analyze the fundamental nature of power in the international arena, how national security objectives are determined, grand strategies available to attain national security objectives and the ways in which the elements of national power are applied to achieve desired objectives. The course surveys national security policies since the end of the Cold War, examines regional security concerns to the U.S., covers the concept and principal components of national security strategy and evaluates the most important theories that explain how states and non-state actors interact in the international arena. The student examines current challenges to U.S. national security interests, especially terrorism and the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and evaluates future national security policies and challenges.






Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
06/25/18 - 11/30/18 12/03/18 - 01/27/19 Fall 2018 Session D - 8 Week session
08/27/18 - 02/01/19 02/04/19 - 03/31/19 Winter 2019 Session I - 8 Week session
10/29/18 - 03/29/19 04/01/19 - 05/26/19 Spring 2019 Session B - 8 Week session

Course Materials

Previous Syllabi

Book Title: American Exceptionalism
ISBN: 9780844772646
Publication Info: AEI Press
Author: Charles Murray
Unit Cost: $5.35
Electronic ISBN: N/A
Electronic Unit Cost: N/A

Book Title: American Diplomacy: Sixtieth-Anniversary Expanded Edition
ISBN: 9780226431482
Publication Info: University of Chicago Press
Author: George F. Kennan
Unit Cost: $24.40
Electronic ISBN: N/A
Electronic Unit Cost: $18.40

Book Title: Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World (Hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.)
ISBN: 9781591847472
Publication Info: Penguin Books
Author: Ian Bremmer
Unit Cost: $29.32
Electronic ISBN: N/A
Electronic Unit Cost: N/A

Book Title: Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama
ISBN: 9780307388308
Publication Info: Vintage Books
Author: Stephen Sestanovich
Unit Cost: $19.35
Electronic ISBN: N/A
Electronic Unit Cost: N/A