- Evaluate individual thought processes through systematic self¬assessment.
- Evaluate the strategic ethical, legal, and cultural issues confronted by strategic leaders.
- Contrast the creative thinking and creative problem solving methodology with the critical analysis methodology as viable approaches to complex situations.
- Analyze the differences in command and collaborative approaches of senior leaders in the joint, interagency, and international environments.
- Apply critical analysis skills to complex situations.
- Evaluate the impact of current issues on national defense policy.
- Analyze national security policies, national military strategies, and associated theater campaigns and operations.
- Analyze U.S. foreign policy in the context of national security.
- Apply traditional and non¬traditional principles of war at the strategic and operational levels of war.
- Analyze the impact of cultural, social, and political factors on the design, development, and execution of military strategy.
Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations
- Evaluate the formal governmental processes that contribute to the development of national security and defense policy.
- Synthesize strategies to protect and promote U.S. global interests in an increasingly globalized world. 2 Analyze the principle contributors to national security policy and their relationships.
- Analyze the relationship between the components of national power (DIME) and the achievement of strategic end states.
- Analyze how economic considerations relate to national security.
- Analyze the growing interdependence of the global economic environment and the impact of this interdependence on national power.
- Analyze the impacts of the global move to free market economies.
- Apply joint and service warfare concepts and doctrine to strategic and operational planning.
- Apply fundamentals of monetary, fiscal, and trade policy.
Regional and Cultural Studies
- Evaluate the risks and opportunities inherent in the relationships between the U.S. and foreign countries and their impact on the U.S. policy.
- Analyze causes of regional instability and conflict including an assessment of foreign military capabilities and intentions.
- Analyze pertinent cultural context in order to operate and communicate effectively across cultural, joint, interagency, and international environments.
- Defend well stated positions with clear logic and evidence.
- Develop scholarly, research¬based written and oral projects.
- Derive research¬based recommendations to address complex strategic issues.