Block One begins with a study of the theoretical foundations of strategy, war and strategic logistics. Students read classic theoretical texts including Clausewitz, Sun Tzu and Mao Tse-tung, as well as foundational pieces on resourcing and logistics from theorist and practitioners including Henry Eccles, known as the father of modern logistics. This block includes case studies for students to apply theoretical concepts to historical cases.
Block Two then focuses on the relationship between defense strategy, force structure and resourcing. Students develop an appreciation that defense planning, as a form of strategic planning, at best enables the US to deal with an uncertain world within an existing economic/resource framework. Block topics include Global Defense Posture and case studies of Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Reviews (QDR), measuring military capability and military innovation as well as US defense planning under uncertainty.
Block Three provides a comprehensive look at strategic logistics: the processes, organizations and policies enabling the US to generate, project and sustain military force. Topics include the Joint Deployment Distribution Enterprise, the Department of Defense Supply Chain, and Logistics across Service, Joint, Interagency and Multinational contexts. There are two case studies: one involving the Northern Distribution Network and the other a Joint Force Reception case study during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This final block also examines the role of combatant command theater strategy and theater campaign plans in shaping uncertain environments and prioritizing theater resources. The course ends with a look at evolving challenges including Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Cyber.