SEST-711 National Security Leadership
Spring for 2016-2017
Duncan, Steve
The purpose of this course is to analyze the civilian and military leadership of the principal departments and agencies of the Government which are responsible for the nation's security. Attention will be placed upon the processes through which civilian (senior and mid-level political appointees, Civil Service) and military leaders are selected and evaluated, the major leadership and management challenges currently facing leaders, culture and competence clashes, the inevitable tension in the civil-military relationship, and efforts to improve professionalism in a rapidly changing security environment. An important objective is to inform the students on the political, operational, legal, budgetary, and other factors which influence senior officials in the making of defense/homeland security strategies and policies and on the decision-making methodologies they employ. Another important objective is to develop the critical thinking skills of the students on complex policy issues.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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