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Senior Level


  1. Evaluate individual thought processes through systematic self¬assessment.
  2. Evaluate the strategic ethical, legal, and cultural issues confronted by strategic leaders.
  3. Contrast the creative thinking and creative problem solving methodology with the critical analysis methodology as viable approaches to complex situations.
  4. Analyze the differences in command and collaborative approaches of senior leaders in the joint, interagency, and international environments.
  5. Apply critical analysis skills to complex situations.


  1. Evaluate the impact of current issues on national defense policy.
  2. Analyze national security policies, national military strategies, and associated theater campaigns and operations.
  3. Analyze U.S. foreign policy in the context of national security.
  4. Apply traditional and non¬traditional principles of war at the strategic and operational levels of war.
  5. Analyze the impact of cultural, social, and political factors on the design, development, and execution of military strategy.

Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations

  1. Evaluate the formal governmental processes that contribute to the development of national security and defense policy.
  2. 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.
  3. Analyze the relationship between the components of national power (DIME) and the achievement of strategic end states.
  4. Analyze how economic considerations relate to national security.
  5. Analyze the growing interdependence of the global economic environment and the impact of this interdependence on national power.
  6. Analyze the impacts of the global move to free market economies.
  7. Apply joint and service warfare concepts and doctrine to strategic and operational planning.
  8. Apply fundamentals of monetary, fiscal, and trade policy.

Regional and Cultural Studies

  1. Evaluate the risks and opportunities inherent in the relationships between the U.S. and foreign countries and their impact on the U.S. policy.
  2. Analyze causes of regional instability and conflict including an assessment of foreign military capabilities and intentions.
  3. Analyze pertinent cultural context in order to operate and communicate effectively across cultural, joint, interagency, and international environments.

Communication Studies

  1. Defend well stated positions with clear logic and evidence.
  2. Develop scholarly, research¬based written and oral projects.
  3. Derive research¬based recommendations to address complex strategic issues.