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MILS620 - Studies in Future War

Course Details

Course Code: MILS620 Course ID: 3219 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course considers the nature of future military conflict, the history of future war doctrine, and the impact of current conflict on the conceptualization of the "next war." Students examine current, past, and future low-intensity as well as high-intensity conflicts, and the appropriate use of military force in the power projection role to influence a diplomatic resolution to a conflict. Rogue nations, and related cultural clashes, and religious factors are related to planning for future war.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Assess the key influences on the international and national security environments in the near- and long-term future.

CO-2: Analyze the extant and predicted threats to the international and national security environments.

CO-3: Deconstruct the existing and predicted strategies to address the near- and long-term threats to the international and national security environments.

CO-4: Evaluate the differences, as well as similarities, between wars and conflicts of the past, present and future.

CO-5: Synthesize the strategic, policy, and doctrinal necessities for future war and conflict.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 30 percent

Weekly course reading-based 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.

Forecast Forums – 20 percent

In weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7, students will draw on the course readings and their own research to craft a concise futures forecast (of a possible or plausible or probable future) as directed by the course instructor's guidance. The weeks 2-5 forecasts will inform the students’ Future Operating Environment Scenario and the week 7 forecast will reflect a refinement of their FOE Scenario based on instructor and student feedback.

Future Operating Environment Scenario – 15 percent

There are two parts to this assignment: the paper and the presentation. Both paper and presentation are submitted here and the presentation is posted in the Future Operating Environment Scenario forum. The paper is a student’s conceptualization of the future operating environment. The future operating environment is their analysis of and forecast for the world in 15-30 years. Students’ conceptualization of the future is based on their analysis of the long- and short-term trends in four focus areas: technology, the international system, governance, and conflict. The required length for the paper is 5-7 pages (1,200-1,700 words) excluding title page, executive summary, table of contents, appendices, and references. The required the length for the PowerPoint presentation is 6-8 slides.

National Security White Paper – 25 percent

The national security white paper is a position paper that advocates a concept for -- or conceptual approach to -- national security for policy- and decision-makers (i.e., the President, National Security Council, and Congress). A student’s National Security White Paper will provide: (1) a review of current U.S. national security strategy and policy along with current conceptualizations of the future; and (2) their conceptualization of the future operating environment and a national security strategy for that environment. The required length is 15-pages (approximately 3,700-words) excluding title page, executive summary, table of contents, appendices, and references.

National Security Strategy Presentation – 10 percent

The National Security Strategy Presentation is based on a student’s National Security White Paper. The presentation provides an overview of their conceptualization of the future operating environment and details their national security strategy for that environment. The required the length for the PowerPoint presentation is 10-12 slides.

NameGrade %
Weekly Reading Forums 30.00 %
Reading Forum 1 3.75 %
Reading Forum 2 3.75 %
Reading Forum 3 3.75 %
Reading Forum 4 3.75 %
Reading Forum 5 3.75 %
Reading Forum 6 3.75 %
Reading Forum 7 3.75 %
Reading Forum 8 3.75 %
Forecast Forums 20.00 %
Forecast Forum 1 4.00 %
Forecast Forum 2 4.00 %
Forecast Forum 3 4.00 %
Forecast Forum 4 4.00 %
Forecast Forum 5 4.00 %
Capstone Project 50.00 %
Capstone Project: Future Operating Environment Scenario 15.00 %
Capstone Project: National Security White Paper 25.00 %
Capstone Project: National Security Strategy Presentation 10.00 %

Required Course Textbooks

There are no required textbooks for this class.

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:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.