Courses at Virginia Tech

Strategies for Modern Warfare

This course explores conventional military strategy and organization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It includes discussion on the study and nature of war and strategy, the core operational and tactical elements of modern mid- and high-intensity land warfare, variation in combat effectiveness across regimes and military organizations, the role of strategic air power in compelling adversaries, and debates surrounding American strategy and operational planning in the 21st century.

 

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National Security Policies

This course provides an overview of the basic actors, processes, and challenges in U.S. national security with a focus on defense policy. It examines approaches to understanding U.S. national security policy, the main actors that inform, create, and execute national security policy, the role of economics and the budgeting process, key decisions in the post-WWII era, and enduring and novel national security challenges in the 21st century.

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Nuclear Strategy and Politics

This course explores the role that nuclear weapons play in world politics. The course is divided into two major sections. Part One focuses on proliferation of nuclear weapons by examining the basics of nuclear energy, weapons, delivery platforms, and targeting. Part Two turns to critical debates on nuclear strategy and the effects of nuclear weapons on strategy.

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Security Studies: Theories and Concepts

This course provides an overview of security studies as a field of studies in political science. Part One introduces the key methods and approaches used to understand security issues. In Part Two, the class explores major historical conflicts focusing on the role played by factors such as that the international system, regimes, technological developments, and individuals. Part Three considers prominent issues in security studies. In Part Four, we apply insights developed throughout the course to explore the security situation in key areas of the globe. 

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