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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.

 

Prerequisites

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Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
10/29/18 - 03/29/19 04/01/19 - 05/26/19 Spring 2019 Session B - 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D - 8 Week session

Course Materials

Previous Syllabi

Book Title: From Colony to Superpower: U. S. Foreign Relations since 1776 (Ebook available thorugh the APUS Online Library)
ISBN: 9780195078220
Publication Info: Oxford University Press
Author: Herring, George C
Unit Cost: $36.40
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Book Title: Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
ISBN: 9780195174472
Publication Info: Oxford University Press
Author: John Lewis Gaddis
Unit Cost: $21.35
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Book Title: American Foreign Policy Since WWII, 17th Ed (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
ISBN: 9781933116716
Publication Info: Congressional Quarterly, 2007
Author: Hook and Spanier
Unit Cost: N/A
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Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
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Author: No Author Specified
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