POL 322 U.S. National Security II: Institutions and Methods, 3 credits

This course explores the organizational structures and resources required to defend the American homeland, with a specific focus on intelligence and diplomacy. Students analyze the evolving relationship between intelligence and national security strategy from the beginning of World War II to the present by reviewing the relationships between intelligence and national security strategy by using a historical case study approach, analyzing both past and contemporary national security issues from an intelligence perspective. This course also provides an overview of the history, development and trends in diplomacy as an element of national power and how diplomacy is uses by senior diplomats and military officials who regularly engage in the international sphere. Implementation of national security methods will be examined through the competing lenses of “hard power,” “soft power,” tactics and strategies.