War should never be thought of as something autonomous but rather as an instrument of policy.... As a total phenomenon its dominant tendencies always make war a paradoxical trinity -- composed of primordial violence, hated and enmity...the play of chance and probability...and its element of sub ordination, as an instrument of policy, which makes it subject to reason alone."
Carl von Clausewitz
The Department of National Security and Strategy develops and conducts instruction focused on national security and national military strategy. It draws on the academic disciplines of international relations, politics, economics, regional studies, history, and national and international security studies to prepare students for senior positions in the national security establishment.
Theory of War and Strategy
Theory of War and Strategy is the U.S. Army War College core course that prepares students for service at the strategic level through the study of war and strategy. The course emphasizes the theoretical approach to war and strategy and thus sets the intellectual framework for all subsequent courses. Theory of War and Strategy has three blocks of instruction.
|National Security Policy and Strategy
National Security Policy and Strategy (NSPS) is the U.S. Army War College core course devoted to the strategic art and grand strategy. It includes the study of national security policy and of national security and national military strategies. The course also examines the international and domestic security environments; the U.S. national security system; civil-military relations; the strategy formulation process; and contemporary international, transnational, and regional issues and corresponding U.S. interests and policies.
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