Combating Terrorism -- Policy and Strategy - Curriculum 693

Program Officer

Kenneth Ferguson, CDR, USN

Glasgow Hall Room 336

(831) 656-2067, DSN 756-2067

klfergus@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Carolyn C. Halladay, Ph.D.

Code 38, Glasgow Hall, Room 352

(831) 656-6256, DSN 756-6256

cchallad@nps.edu

Brief Overview

This curriculum provides an understanding of the nature and dynamics of terrorist organizations, and the domestic and international variables involved in the formulation of counter-terrorist policy. The curriculum allows the students to combine a regional focus with comparative courses that discuss terrorist organizations and operations, the financing of terror, legal and policing developments in counter-terrorism, intelligence, and the military role in homeland defense.

The NSA department is a unique environment in which to pursue this course of studies since its student body is inherently joint and combined, providing students with both a stimulating intellectual environment and an opportunity to establish networks and life-long working relationships with fellow officers from other services and countries.

Entry Date

For students who wish to complete JPME Phase I while in residence, curriculum 693 is a six-quarter (18 month) program. For all other students, curriculum 693 is a five-quarter (15-month) program. Students may enter in any quarter. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for quarterly start dates.

Degree

Master of Arts in Security Studies (Combating Terrorism Policy and Strategy)

Subspecialty

Navy P Codes: None

Course Requirements

Students in curriculum 693 must complete five (5) disciplinary core courses, as follows:

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3011Research and Writing for National Security Affairs

4

0

NS3023Introduction to Comparative Politics

4

0

NS3024Introduction to International Relations

4

0

One of the following two:

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3000War in the Modern World

4

0

NS3003Nationalism and Revolution

4

0

One of the following two:

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3040The Politics of Global Economic Relations

4

0

NS3041Comparative Economic Systems

4

0

In addition, students must complete a minimum of eight (8) curricular core and elective courses in their regional specialization, of which at least three (3) must be at the 4000-level.

Combating Terrorism - Policy and Strategy students must complete (4) curricular core courses, as follows:

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3802Counter-terrorism Policy in Comparative Perspective

4

0

NS3900International Law and Organizations

4

0

NS4801Seminar on Terrorism

4

0

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NS3155Intelligence and Democracy

4

0

-or-

NS4157Intelligence for Homeland Defense and Security

4

0

NS3155: Unrestricted

NS4157: Clearance Required

The additional courses needed to satisfy these requirements, and the quarters when they are offered, can be found on the NSA website at http://www.nps.edu/Academics/Schools/SIGS/DegreeProg/NSA/Academics/schedule.html.

Students are also required to take sufficient general electives to maintain a full-time course load (16 hours). The number of general elective slots will vary somewhat depending upon service affiliation and sponsor requirements.

Students in curriculum 693 must complete NS4080, Thesis Proposal, no later than six months prior to intended graduation. Thereafter students may enroll in NS0810, Thesis Research, up to three times; or they may take additional course work in their area of specialization, if they prefer.

Educational Skill Requirements (ESR)

  1. Basic Graduate Level Skills:
    1. Conduct Research: Assemble information from the full range of data sources to understand international political, economic, and military issues.
    2. Analyze Problems: Frame issues as research questions; logically combine evidence and theory to analyze and explain international political, economic, and military developments; and formulate innovative solutions to strategic problems.
    3. Communicate Information: Clearly summarize large quantities of information and persuasively present positions and courses of action using a broad range of verbal and written communications formats, including short oral arguments, visual briefs, policy memos, position papers, and comprehensive student theses.
  2. General Political Science, International Relations, and Security Studies:
    1. International and Comparative Politics: Understand international relations theories, including realist, liberal, and cultural paradigms; the conditions and world views that shape state interactions in the international system; the history of modern nationalism and the state system; and the roles of domestic politics, non-state actors, and transnational social movements in shaping international politics.
    2. International Economy: Understand the economic factors that shape the international security environment, including the economic dimensions of national security policy and the ways in which economic policies and interests affect military strategy and force structure.
    3. International and Military History: Grasp the principal causes of war in the modern era, and understand the political, technological, economic, and other influences that have governed its conduct; understand the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that have contributed to periods of stable peace; and analyze relations between states, including negotiations of peace settlements, military alliances, arms limitation agreements, economic arrangements, and human rights accords.
    4. International Organizations: Understand the history of international organizations and their role in world politics, including international mediation and negotiations, formal and informal security arrangements, treaty regimes, and the role of international institutions and non-governmental organizations in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
    5. U.S. Security Policy and Strategy: Understand how U.S. national security policy and strategy are formulated. Understand the roles of nuclear forces in the security policies of the United States and other nuclear powers; U.S. nuclear force acquisition, planning, deterrence policy, and employment concepts from the Second World War to the present; and the role of nuclear weapons in alliance politics and international relations.