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INTL604 - Interagency Operations

Course Details

Course Code: INTL604 Course ID: 3491 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides insight on how to improve interagency relationships among security, defense, and intelligence agencies. This course introduces the student to theoretical and practical material for understanding the behavior of individual organizations and what can be done to make organizations work more closely together at the federal, state, and local levels. Emphasis is placed on explaining why organizations act the way they do and how to improve interagency coordination.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO1-Attribute interagency members and Administrations’ efforts to improve interagency effectiveness in Complex Contingency Operations

CO2-Assess the cultural characteristics of interagency bureaucracies within the military services and Intelligence Community.

CO3-Evaluate the theoretical assumptions of Bureaucratic Politics, Craftsmanship models as a means to explain organizational behavior and practices that build trust and collaborative relationships.

CO4-Analyze how cognitive processes influence individual and organizational behavior and relationships between agencies.

CO5-Examine the 9/11 Committee Report to determine how the Committee arrived at its recommendations, the feasibility of the proposed changes in agencies’ structures and processes, and the effectiveness of the actions within the agencies.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 25 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 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Question & Proposal Assignment – 15 percent

This assignment requires you to present a research question and topic proposal for your final research paper. You should identify it as HW1 with your name (example: SmithHW1). This written submission should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable, neat and 3-4 pages in length.

  • Typewritten in double-spaced format with a readable style and font and submitted inside the electronic classroom (unless classroom access is not possible and other arrangements have been approved by the professor)
  • Arial 11 or 12-point font or Times New Roman styles
  • Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and online submission variances

Final Research Paper Project Assignment – 35 percent

This project will demonstrate your ability to synthesize discipline specific material. This is a task based exercise. You will prepare a formal research paper based on the approved research question and proposal, your HW1 assignment. Your research paper should be 12-15 pages in length including research and analysis. You should identify it as HW2 with your name (example: SmithHW2). This written submission should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable, organized and neat.

  • Typewritten in double-spaced format with a readable style and font and submitted inside the electronic classroom (unless classroom access is not possible and other arrangements have been approved by the professor)
  • Arial 11 or 12-point font or Times New Roman styles
  • Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and online submission variances
  • Your paper will be comprised of 5 sections:
    1. Introduction and Research Questions
    2. Literature Review: Please watch this quick tutorial about writing a Literature Review.
      1. The literature review sets the context for the entire research project by explaining what others have found in researching the same or similar topic. The literature review is written in a narrative format.
    3. Analysis and findings
    4. Conclusion
    5. References (or Bibliography)

Final Assignment – 25 percent

This assignment will be an essay consisting of 2 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Required Course Textbooks

The required text for this course is:

Bardach, Eugene. Getting Agencies to Work Together: The Practice and Theory of Managerial Craftsmanship. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 1998.

Available in the Online Library

Getting agencies to work together [electronic resource] : the practice and theory of managerial craftsmanship / Eugene Bardach. ; Bardach, Eugene. ; Washington, D.C. : ; Brookings Institution Press, ; c1998. ; http://site.ebrary.com/lib/apus/Doc?id=10063866

Builder, Carl H. The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

The masks of war : American military styles in strategy and analysis / Carl H. Builder ; foreword by Sam Nunn. ; Builder, Carl H. ; Baltimore : ; Johns Hopkins University Press, ; c1989.

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The 9/11 Commission Report. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2004. Available online at http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/index.htm

This does not appear to be available as an ebook. ECM can verify this. We do have a hard copy in the library.
Wilson, James Q. Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It. USA: Basic Books, 1989.

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:The 9/11 Commission Report-Available free online at https://www.9-11commission.gov/report/911Report.pdf
ISBN:9780393326710
Publication Info:W.W. Norton
Author:NCTA /
Unit Cost:$11.40
Book Title:Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy & Analysis
ISBN:9780801837760
Author:Builder, Carl H
Unit Cost:$32.40
Book Title:Getting Agencies to Work Together
ISBN:9780815707974
Author:Bardach, Eugene
Unit Cost:$29.83
Book Title:Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do & Why They Do It
ISBN:9780465007851
Author:Wilson, James Q
Unit Cost:$27.39

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.