This course surveys the history and development of different categories of weapons and weapons systems. It introduces the global arms market and provides identification strategies to determine origin of manufacture on the basis of markings and other indicators. Students will learn to examine and recognize different classes, makes, and configurations of contemporary weapons. Emphasis is on armament utilized by criminal, terrorist, and light infantry military and paramilitary forces. Students will analyze how weapons capabilities influence tactics by comparing and contrasting doctrine from witnessed employment. Identification strategies for military vehicles, naval assets, and aircraft are also included but to a lesser degree.
Identify, describe, and critically evaluate information sources and applicable intel-ligence technologies to research aspects of weapons and weapons systems
Appraise the threats, challenges, and issues related to the use of weapons and weapons systems
Analyze specific weapons and weapons systems on tactics and maneuvers
Identify and explain the legal and ethical issues raised by the use of weapons and weapons systems
Develop general professional written and oral reports and presentations on the subject of weapons and weapons systems
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