Defense Statecraft (DIP 750)
Dr. Robert M. Farley
Office: Patterson 467
Office Hours: Wednesday, 1-3pm
Office Telephone: 859-257-4668
Military organizations are complex tools of statecraft.
This course examines the role that military force plays in
Student discussion will take up the bulk of class time. I expect everyone to attend, have studied the readings, and have a familiarity with current events. Any major reputable newspaper will suffice for the latter, although I prefer the New York Times.
Grading will be based on class participation (20%), class blog participation (10%), and three 4-6 page memos (15% each) and one final examination (25%).
Each student is required to post at least once to the class blog, defensestatecraft.blogspot.com, in each of five weeks during the course of the semester. The idea of the blog is to promote serious discussions of the readings and of current events tied to military statecraft. I will monitor blog postings and assign a grade based on quantity and quality of participation. Postings should specifically integrate the material from class readings and extend class debates.
Each of the three 4-6 page memos must be typed and double-spaced. Please do not exceed the page limit. The point of the assignment is to present information in a cogent and concise manner. The topic is up to you, but ideally will concern the convergence of a current event or situation with assigned reading from the class day in question. Memos are due at the beginning of class on the day of the relevant reading. You will be expected to turn in one memo during each third of the course. Thus, the last day for turning in your first memo is February 8, and the first day for turning in your last memo is March 29.
You will be required to make an oral presentation and defense of one memo during class. You must indicate to me a preference for which week to present by the second week of the course, such that I can stagger presentations. The presentation should last about fifteen minutes, and will be followed by a fifteen minute question and answer period. The presentation will make up 50% of your participation grade, or 10% of the total grade.
The memos will be evaluated on both content and presentation. Information must be accurate, arguments must be well thought out, and style must be compelling.
Purchase of the following books is recommended, but not required.
The rest of the class readings are either available online or can be found in Patterson 469.
Week 1 (1/11): Introduction
Week 2 (1/18): Politics and Military Force
Samuel Huntington, Soldier and the State.
Carl Von Clausewitz, On War: Indexed
Week 3 (1/25): Politics and Military Force (II)
P.W. Singer, Corporate Warriors. (
Dana Priest, The
Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars 1-50, 127-207, 251-262, 304-328
Week 4 (2/1): Conventional Ground Combat and Force Quality
Stephen Biddle, Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in
Kenneth Pollack, Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness,
Week 5 (2/8): Low Intensity Warfare
Final week to turn in first memo assignment.
John Nagl, Counterinsurgency
Lessons from Malaya and
Andrew F. Krepinevich, The Army and
Week 6 (2/15): Low Intensity Warfare (II)
Week 7 (2/22): Naval Warfare / Power Projection
Wayne Hughes, Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat, 2nd edition (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1999), pp. 1-44, 145-168, 266-309
Week 8 (3/1): Air Power
Robert Pape, Bombing to Win: Air Power
and Coercion in War.
Week 9 (3/8): Nuclear Theory
Lynn Eden, Whole World on Fire.
Week 10 (3/22): Organizations and Learning
Final week to turn in second memo assignment.
Stephen Rosen, Winning the Next War: Innovation and
the Modern Military,
Deborah Avant and James Lebovic,
Week 11 (3/29): The Military Services
Carl H. Builder, The Masks of
Allan R. Millett, "Why the Army and the Marine Corps Should Be Friends,"
Parameters (Winter 1994-95), pp. 30-40.
Week 12 (4/5): Inter-service Rivalry / Jointness
Frank Hoffman, "Goldwater-Nichols After a Decade," in Willamson Murray, ed., The Emerging Strategic Environment (Praeger, 1999), pp. 156-182.
Sharon Weiner, "The Politics of Resource Allocation in the Post-Cold War
Pentagon," Security Studies, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Summer 1996), pp. 125-42.
Week 13 (4/12): Strategic Planning Process
Week 14 (4/19): Defense Budget and Procurement
Cindy Williams, "Introduction," in Cindy
Williams, ed., Holding the Line:
Defense Alternatives for the Early 21st Century (
Stephen P. Rosen, "Systems Analysis and the Quest for Rational Defense," Public Interest (Summer 1984), pp. 3-17. Builder, pp. 95-114.
Week 15 (4/26): Transformation / RMA
Final week to turn in third memo assignment.