DA3885 Proliferation and Counter-proliferation

This course provides students in the special operations community and related fields with the analytic tools to understand proliferation strategy and devise effective counter-proliferation measures. The course focuses on (1) why actors pursue or forego nuclear, chemical, and biological (NCB) weapons; (2) how actors go about developing these unique capabilities in the face of security risks and resource constraints; and (3) when various political-military options are most and least effective at inhibiting the spread of NCB weapons, especially amid an era of rapidly emerging technology. The course pairs traditional seminars and written assignments with interactive exercises to simulate strategic decision making by foreign actors over NCB-weapons programs. Students are equipped to identify over-the-horizon proliferation challenges, exploit specific opportunities, and formulate options for engaging with partners in the counter-proliferation arena.





DA3882 or consent of instructor

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Quarter Offered

  • As Required
  • Winter