The Military Strategy and Logistics course, one of the four core courses taught in the fall semester, is designed to provide future leaders with analytic and conceptual tools that will enable them to assess strategic situations and develop strategic options to meet national objectives. The course is founded on the understanding that, at the strategic level, logistics and strategic analyses coalesce. Strategy drives requirements that necessitate resources; simultaneously our Nations available resources shape defense and military strategies.
This course centers around active learning, applying multi-disciplinary approaches to todays relevant issues. Faculty use a range of teaching tools including Socratic seminar discussions, case studies and student presentations. Within the seminar, the faculty incorporate the varied student expertise and experience for more dynamic and relevant discussions and enhanced understanding of military strategy and logisticsand its inter-relationship with the other Eisenhower School core courses. Course assessments include two written assignments. Students conduct a disciplined, comprehensive and realistic strategic analysis for the US in a particular geographic region. The analysis identifies and prioritizes US long-term interests, assesses the competitive environment and its possible futures and develops a portfolio of strategies to deal with the uncertainty. The second assignment involves writing a strategic options paper focusing on defense posture options to enable the portfolio of strategies proposed earlier in the semester.