This course provides a general introduction to military affairs. Students will learn to apply the basic principles of military strategy and tactics and cite examples from the history and evolution of warfare. The class will also discuss the ideas of prominent strategic and tactical thinkers and the rapidly-changing nature of combat in the modern technological era. Case studies of particular campaigns and battles are used to illustrate strategic and tactical principles.
Research the different levels of combat, from tactics to grand strategy and the relevance of these concepts today.
Assess the ideas of the classical military theorists, and how these ideas were implemented in various campaigns.
Analyze the importance of command and logistics as well as the effect of technological innovation on warfare.
Compare the differences between traditional combat and non-traditional forms, especially modern notions of asymmetric warfare.
Communicate elements of the ideas of the classical theorists on war that remain relevant to today’s modern combat environments, especially asymmetric warfare.
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