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August 2022

International Security & Military Strategy

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International Security & Military Strategy:
The Context and Application of International Security 


ISMS explores the context of international security with a focus on the US national interest, as well as the tools at its disposal for the attainment of its interests. The course introduces “traditions” of International Relations (IR), which present distinct and contrasting perspectives on the causes of war, the conditions of peace, and, in turn, what counts as a national security interest. It highlights this by leveraging the debate over US grand strategy in the 21st century, and explores the instruments of national power (DIME) by which national interests and objectives may be pursued and obtained. The course explores the concept of military strategy and what impedes effective strategy conception and execution. Finally, it applies these traditions and tools to better understand and develop responses to challenges in the strategic environment. -- ISMS AY23 syllabus

For information about this Air Command and Staff College course, contact the course directors Dr. Andrew Akin or Lt. Col Dustin Hansen.

Course readings are available in Canvas.

The following items that have call numbers are on the ACSC International Security & Military Strategy (ISMS 5510) Reserve Shelf at AUL and must be used in the library.   Those without call numbers are available electronically.

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