Defense Enterprise Management (DEM)
DEM of the U.S. Army War College's core curriculum is devoted to the study of the processes and systems within the Department of Defense (DOD), the Joint Staff, and the military departments that provide for the development of trained and ready forces for employment by the combatant commanders.

The course examines how these organizations respond to the strategic environment and develop and resource the force structure resulting in the land power component of the nation's military. The course also examines DOD organizations, joint issues and processes, current defense resourcing issues, readiness, mobilization, Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), the Service transformations and management of organizational change, fiscal issues, and much more.

This course builds on earlier courses and requires students to analyze, evaluate, and formulate resourcing and force structure decisions. It relates to war fighting competence in ways many professional soldiers do not readily acknowledge or understand.

Successful war fighting does not occur without well trained, properly equipped, and doctrinally sound forces. The development, training, resourcing, equipping, and sustaining of our forces is directly about war fighting.

DEM has two primary purposes.

  • First, it is designed to provide USAWC students with an understanding of the Army's role in the development of the Land power component of the National Military Strategy.

  • Second, it allows for the examination of the concepts, systems, and processes employed by strategic leaders to resource the requirements of that strategy and ultimately to provide forces to the combatant commanders.

DEM supports the following USAWC enduring and special themes:
  • History
  • Ethics
  • Human Dementions of Strategic Leadership
  • Jointness
  • Strategic Vision

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