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

Spring 2010

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

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43625 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
CRD 007B

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?

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

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 Radio's Morning Edition program. He has a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Bay is a colonel in the US Army Reserve. In the 1970’s he served in Germany with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and 1st Infantry Division. He served on active duty during Operation Desert Strom. 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. 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 included his daughters’ basketball games, jazz piano, and yoga.


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