This is a two-term course comprised of a research component and a classroom component. In this course, students will study the history of the U.S. nuclear weapons enterprise, analyze how the DoD has arrived at the current state of affairs, examine the Report on the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, and postulate the role of nuclear weapons in the future. The result will be a more complete understanding of the issues surrounding nuclear deterrence, the role of the nuclear umbrella, nuclear weapon reduction pros/cons, nuclear testing, the nuclear weapon life cycle, the nuclear enterprise, and the unique relationship between DoD and DoE's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
We are now in an era when mass casualty weapons make it possible for individuals or small groups to inflict the kind of damage on societies that was once only within the capabilities of nation states. This course examines the threats to and vulnerabilities of the US homeland and analyzes the actors, organizational structures, plans, policies, programs and resources required to defend the country against such threats. Homeland Security and Defense is the nation's top priority to secure our homeland and protect the American people from terrorist attacks.
Knowing your adversary is one of the oldest dictums of military strategy and statecraft. This course will examine the leadership and strategic cultures of a wide range of state and non-state actors who currently present threats to the security and/or interests of the United States and its allies. Additionally, the course will examine those countries and groups that may present future threats to these interests. This course will examine the leaders and strategic cultures of terrorist organizations such as Hezbullah, Al Qaeda, and Taliban radicals in Afghanistan, as well as international criminals. Also, we will study the rulers and strategic cultures of current and potential adversary states like China, North Korea, Iran, Syria and Russia.