American National Security


University of Missouri–Kansas City

Political Science and Politics (Political Science 380D)

American National Security (Lecture 46466)


Class Schedule (including semester-specific information)

Grading Policy

Reading Materials

Class Syllabus


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 at all levels of government. Students will be presented with the relevant concepts of international relations theory, national security strategy, legislation, and the executive branch organizations that wield 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 lectures and participate in class discussions. The principal output of the class is a term paper that addresses specific issues related to national security organization, strategy, policy making, and crisis response. The primary inputs include a book, selected formal policy statements, course handouts, and selected articles from scholarly journals. The latter portion of the class requires students to apply course content to the current strategic environment (practicum). Grades are derived from the term paper, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Attendance and participation in the practicum are also factors.


Faculty Contact Information

Professor:.............................. D. Robert Worley, Ph.D.

Office Room:........................ 304B Manheim Hall

Office Phone:........................ 816.235.5948


Ethics Statement

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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