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

Fall 2005

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

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42695 W
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
CRD 007A

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 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 operationsacting 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 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

This course contains a substantial writing component. 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 LeBlacn 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 Bay, Military Creativity


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