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

Spring 2004

T C 357 • Oxymorons that Make History: Military Creativity, Military Intelligence, War Games, and the Formulation of Strategy –W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39690 W
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
cal 221

Course Description

This course primarily surveys historical ideas, concepts, thoughts, theories, speculations, philosophies, and ruminations about military strategy. However, this is not a military course. Identifying goals and creating policies to achieve those goals involve 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 Radio’s Morning Edition program. He has a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia. Bay is a colonel 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. 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

40 % Creation and play of a wargame. Student teams will identify a strategic problem and develop a simulation that aids in analysis of goals and policy options (courses of action). 20% One seminar presentation relating either to readings or a student-proposed topic approved by the instructor. 40% 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.


Chaliand (ed.), The Art of War in World History Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War Delbruck, Warfare in Antiquity Machiavelli, The Prince von Clausewitz, On War Huntington, “Clash of Civilizations” Van Creveld, “Through a Glass, Darkly: Some Reflections on the Future of War” Dunnigan, Complete Wargames Handbook Bay, “Military Creativity


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