WHAT is the course about?
For Students in Politics 240?
- Earliest understanding in America of National Security, 1815-1855
- International Context, 1815-1855
- Domestic Context, 1815-1855.
- The Bernard Board & American Coastal Fortifications
- The Earliest Brick Forts & the Defense of New Orleans
- Fort Jefferson: Defense Reconsidered
- A. T. Mahan and American Power Projection
- Mahan's Legacy and the "American Century"
- National Security Policy in the 21st Century
For Students in Politics 340
- Readings and Exams covering the material in Politics 240
- Research Paper on American National Security: its history, current
policy and politics, and its future, esp. cyberwarfare
- Oral Presentation to the Class on the topic covered in the research
paper. Three types of paper topics are supported by the course.
- Historical Topics, including any one of the following:
- the Battle of New Orleans (involves interpreting the Chalmette
Battlefield site plus the Jackson Barracks Museum in New Orleans)
- Comparison of early and late Brick Forts in the New Orleans
area (involves explaining the differences between Fort Pike
and Fort Massachusetts, brick forts along the coast east of
- John O'Sullivan, Manifest Destiny, Cuba, and the Brick Forts
(involves library research into 19th century political and literary
history, especially the "Young America" movement
- Contemporary Policy
- Preemptive Attacks in American National Security: A New Policy?
- CounterTerrorism and Law Enforcement: Disjunction or Conjunction?
- Homeland Security: An Administrative Nightmare?
- Future Challenges
- Cyberwarfare since Kosovo
- The President's Critical Infrastructure Board and its Work