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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: MILS560 Course ID: 3266 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

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.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Examine the history of joint warfare.

CO-2: Deconstruct the course of events that led to the creation of the Department of Defense.

CO-3: Evaluate the impact of the Goldwater-Nichols act on the Department of Defense and the individual Services.

CO-4: Analyze the theory and doctrine of joint warfare.

CO-5: Assess the implications of future defense trends on joint warfare.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Analytical Paper 1 – 20 percent

Analytical Paper 2 - 25 percent

Final Assignment – 35 percent

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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.