The curriculum examines the sources and dynamics of inter-state and intra-state conflict; the challenge these forms of conflict have posed and are likely to increasingly pose for U.S. security planning; the doctrinal and institutional evolution of the U.S. special operations community; the recent history of political violence and “small wars"; the history of irregular warfare; and contemporary perspectives on low-intensity conflict resolution. The curriculum provides the graduate with a strong background in the areas of strategic analysis, decision making, organization theory, the technological revolution in military affairs, and advanced analytical methods.
Master of Science in Defense Analysis
The Master of Science in Defense Analysis degree will be awarded in accordance with the following degree requirements:
The Department of Defense offers the Special Operations/Irregular Warfare curriculum 699 and the Information Operations curriculum 698.
The Chairman of the Defense Analysis Department approves each individual program.
The Special Operations/Irregular Warfare curriculum is open to all branches of the U.S. military, civilian employees of the U.S. Government, and international military and government officials. U.S. officers must be eligible for a TOP SECRET clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information based on a Special Background Investigation completed within the last five years. A baccalaureate degree earned with above average academic performance and a minimum academic profile code (APC) of 265 is required.
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