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Intermediate Level


  1. Analyze ethical, legal, and cultural issues within operational military leadership scenarios.
  2. Demonstrate decision¬making skills associated with the operational level of warfare.
  3. Discuss various methodologies for establishing a combat¬ready, professional command.
  4. Discuss methods to develop subordinate leaders.


  1. Develop solutions that create the military conditions necessary for strategic success for challenges generated at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war.
  2. Formulate an operational plan using the Marine Corps Planning Process.
  3. Analyze campaigns and the operational art of warfare.
  4. Examine the differences and balance among Information Operations, Strategic Communication, and Public Affairs.
  5. Apply lessons learned from history to the planning and execution of military operations.
  6. Explain the process by which policy and strategic decisions are made and how the process is integrated with decisions made at the operational level of war.
  7. Explain the link between ends and means in strategy, operations, and tactics.
  8. Discuss the linkages among strategy, operations and tactics that inform and shape campaign planning and design.

Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations

  1. Integrate interagency organizations into the planning and execution of military operations.
  2. Evaluate joint and U.S. Marine Corps doctrine regulating the employment of amphibious and expeditionary forces across the entire range of military operations, with particular emphases on joint and multinational operational settings.
  3. Analyze interagency operations in terms of the employment of all instruments of national power.
  4. Plan to employ the MAGTF throughout the spectrum of crisis and conflict, maximizing both lethal and non¬lethal effects in a joint and/or multinational context.
  5. Discuss emerging and non¬traditional concepts that are shaping the character of contemporary joint and multinational warfare.

Regional and Cultural Studies

  1. Evaluate the nature of insurgency and terrorism and the methods for combating them.
  2. Assess the impact of cultural issues throughout the planning and execution of military operations.
  3. Analyze the impact of foreign culture in relation to confronting contemporary security challenges.
  4. Negotiate in a cross¬cultural environment.1


  1. Formulate reasoned, well organized oral and written arguments.
  2. Analyze appropriate research sources to support written projects.
  3. Speak formally and informally, employing rhetorical strategies suited to the audience and occasion.


1 DE programs are not responsible for this LO.
2 DE programs will use the following LO for Communication Studies: “Formulate reasoned, well organized, formal and informal communication employing rhetorical strategies.”