Strategy & Policy

Our Strategy and Policy Course is designed to teach students to think strategically and to prepare for positions of strategic leadership. Strategy is the relationship between war’s purpose, objective, and means. The aim of the course is to sharpen the your ability to assess how alternative strategic courses of action best serve to achieve overall national objectives. Students will be asked to think in a disciplined, critical, and original manner about the international strategic environment, about a range of potential strategies, and about the strategic effects of joint, interagency, and multinational operations.

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The senior-level course emphasizes grand strategy and employs case studies that are distinctive in three respects.

Dynamics and Effects of Long-term Strategic Competition

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Case Studies and Strategic Thinkers

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Strategic Success and Failure of Great and Regional Powers

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Strategy and Policy (S&P): Senior Level Course on Strategy

The Strategy and Policy Course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to strategy, drawing on the disciplines of history, political science, international relations, and economics. It integrates with those academic perspectives critical military factors from the profession of arms—such as doctrine, weaponry, training, technology, and logistics. The result is a coherent frame of reference to analyze complex strategic problems and formulate strategies to address them.


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Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of the Strategy and Policy course, the student shall be:

  • Proficient in Strategic Decision Making involving Maritime, Joint, Interagency and Multinational Warfighting, applying sea power and integrating it with other military capabilities and other national instruments of power
  • Prepared for positions of Strategic Leadership, focused on the ability to think strategically about all types of wars and strategic actors, to evaluate alternative courses of action, and to write clearly and speak articulately about the relationship between grand strategy, policy and operations
  • Competent in strategic-level problem solving, demonstrating critical thought based on a wide range of classical and contemporary strategic concepts and grounded in the decision making of historical, real-world strategic leaders
  • Effective Maritime Spokespersons who understand warfare at sea, based on the classic works on seapower and maritime strategy and conversant with the full range of naval capabilities
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