Course Description for American Defense in the Age of Mass Destruction
American Defense in the Age of Mass Destruction
Prerequisite: POS 2041 or consent of instructor. This course examines a number of contemporary defense issues in light of a half-century of American and international experience in dealing with nuclear weapons. The course covers the development of U.S. strategic doctrines, both during and after the Cold War, and explores the relationship of these doctrines to the U.S. defense budget, unilateral and multilateral intervention, including the "War on Terror", ballistic missile defense, and the continuing proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.