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Course Code: MILS572 Course ID: 3240 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate
This course examines the history and mission of United States special operations forces and roles within operational and tactical environments. Students explore special operations doctrine and tactics from past to present in the global war on terror. Students compare and contrast the use of special operations forces for pre-conflict, operations, and post-conflict scenarios in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|05/25/20 - 10/30/20||11/02/20 - 12/27/20||Fall 2020 Session I||8 Week session|
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
CO-1: Analyze the theories of special operations forces and the history of special operations.
CO-2: Critique the roles and missions of special operations forces and application of special operations across the spectrum of conflict.
CO-3: Assess the role of special operations and special operations forces in national security.
CO-4: Evaluate the influence of past experiences and practices on the conduct of special operations and the employment of special operations forces globally.
CO-5: Synthesize the strategic, policy, and doctrinal requirements for the conduct of special operations and the employment of special operations forces globally.
The course grade is based on the following assessments:
Discussion Forums – 20 percent
Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. 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, Purpose Statement, and Literature Review Exercise – 15 percent
The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature review of at least 6 sources, two of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course. 6-8 pages.
Research Paper – 35 percent
Adding to the 6-8-page assignment in Week Two, the research paper is a minimum of 10 additional pages of analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.
Final Assignment – 30 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 4 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
There are no required textbooks for this class.
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Not current for future courses.