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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2007

T C 357 • War Games: Military Creativity, Military Intelligence, War Games, and the Formulation of Strategy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43410 W
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
CRD 007A

Course Description

This is not a military history course. Rather, this course surveys historical ideas, concepts, thoughts, theories, speculations, philosophies, and ruminations about military strategy. Strategy, identifying goals and creating policies to achieve those goals involves gathering information, weighing needs and desires, determining capabilities and assets, assessing possible futures, and then formulating a plan. This is strategic intelligence collection, strategic analysis, and strategic planning. Actually doing it is applied strategy, or operations: acting in the real world. This course will help students learn to assess large-scale real world issues and then tackle the truly big issue: What can we do besides gripe about them?

About the Professor

Austin Bay is an author and a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. His third novel, The Wrong Side of Brightness, was published in 2003 by Putnam/Jove. Bay also appears as a foreign affairs commentator on National Public Radios Morning Edition program. He has a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Bay is a colonel (retired) in the US Army Reserve. In the 1970s he served in Germany with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and 1st Infantry Division. He served on active duty during Operation Desert Storm. In October 2001 he served a special tour at US Central Command. For four years (1989-93) Bay worked as a special consultant in strategic wargaming in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004. Bay is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff School and the US Army War College. He is also actively involved in developmental aid projects, primarily in East Africa and Central America, with the Episcopal Church. His other interests include his daughters' basketball games, jazz piano, and yoga.

Grading Policy

75% : Seminar discussion of weekly readings. Students are expected to discuss the readings and to analyze some specific strategic issues or military campaigns in light of the readings. This will include short weekly papers.

10% : One seminar presentation based on a term paper relating either to readings or a student-proposed topic approved by the instructor.

10% : Play and evaluate a historical wargame.

5% : Mid-term exam (short essay and reading identification).


Chaliand (ed.), The Art of War in World History

Delbruck, Warfare in Antiquity

Machiavelli, The Prince

LeBlanc and Register, Constant Battles

von Clausewitz, On War

Huntington, Clash of Civilizations

Van Creveld, War and Technology

Dunnigan, Complete Wargames Handbook

Porter, War and the Rise of the State


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