National Security

Course Number: 470.693.81

The Johns Hopkins University

1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036


Grading Policy

Schedule (semester specific)

Syllabus (independent of semester)

Reading Materials

Distance Learning

This course is offered via distance learning technology. Beyond the general requirements below, distance learning imposes additional requirements on students and teacher. This is not a self-paced course; a high degree of student interaction is a must. There is no requirement to be online at any specific time, but the entire class will advance lock-step, one week at a time.

Course Description

Since the Second World War, the United States’ military instrument has grown increasingly isolated from the other instruments of national power. The needs of the post-cold war era, in contrast, are for the more sophisticated orchestration of all instruments of national power. Students are presented with the relevant concepts of international relations theory, national security strategy, legislation, and the executive branch organizations that house the instruments of national power. The course pays particular attention to the National Security Council, established by 1947 legislation to integrate the domestic, foreign, and military policies of the United States as they relate to national security.

Course Requirements

Students are required to undertake considerable reading each week and are expected to attend online and participate in class discussions. A principal output of the class is a paper that addresses specific issues related to national security organization, strategy, policy making, and crisis response. The primary inputs include a text book written for this course, selected formal policy statements, and selected articles from scholarly journals. Each student is expected to contribute to class discussion every week, throughout the week.

Course Objectives

Students are expected to leave the course with an understanding of the instruments of national power, the organizations of government that have capability to bring to bear, and the ways available to achieve unity of effort from the diversity of means, that is, the ability to orchestrate the instruments of power. Students are expected to leave the course with the ability to enter into an informed debate on national security strategy and to understand the implications of strategy on the organization and capacities of government.

Attendance and Enrollment

Attendance is taken to ensure that the University is in compliance with its obligations to those who provide federal and state grants, scholarships, loans, etc. A substantive posting to the course website constitutes attendance during that week. If you miss any two weeks of attendance, you will be withdrawn from the course and ineligible to earn a grade.

Course Contact Information

Professor:       D. Robert Worley, Ph.D.

Reception:      202-452-1280.

Web Pages:    JHU web-based system (Blackboard). Independent backup system.

Office Hours: Email is the most reliable way to contact me. If you need voice contact, please make an appointment via email for a telephone call.

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Report any violations you witness to the instructor.

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