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

Spring 2008

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

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43770 W
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
CRD 007A
BAY

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?

Texts

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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