The Military Strategy and Logistics Department provides curricula and classroom instruction supporting the education of senior United States Government, foreign military, and selected private sector personnel. Offered in the fall, Military Strategy and Logistics provides students with the 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 Nation's available resources shape defense and military strategies.
**Analyze the nature of war, its evolving character and conduct over time, and why it poses a distinct strategic challenge for states in the 21st century.
**Analyze how the US makes defense resource-allocation and associate risk decisions in the context of national security policy.
**Analyze key classical, contemporary, and emerging concepts and approaches for the strategic use of the military instrument in peace, crisis and war.
**Evaluate the linkages, capabilities and processes of the Department of Defense institutional structure, US global defense posture and power projection/strategic reach (and its resourcing) in supporting strategic objectives in peace, crisis and war.
**Evaluate the design, resourcing and strategic logistics of military strategy to achieve strategic goals, in conjunction with other instruments and partners.
Block One addresses the theoretical foundations of strategy, war and strategic logistics.
Block Two examines the relationship between defense strategy, force structure and resourcing.
Block Three provides a comprehensive look at strategic logistics: the processes, organizations and policies enabling the US to generate, project and sustain military force.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.