6400 - The Domestic Context
This course provides the students with an understanding of the complex reality
of the domestic context in which American strategists must make decisions.
It considers the domestic context from multiple perspectives. It evaluates
how broad domestic political and cultural factors, as well as resource and
economic constraints, affect policy formulation and execution. The course
further examines the structure and process of U.S. national security decisions.
Here the course considers both the historical, philosophical and constitutional
foundations of inter-agency and inter-branch processes, and their subsequent
evolution and current form. One element of this investigation is a study
of American civil military relations. Finally, the course focuses on individual
and group level decision-making, to include a discussion of individual leadership
and legitimate dissent within the U.S. national security policy process.
and U.S. National Security Decision-Making