Military Intelligence – GOVT 483

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An upper-division study of tactical military intelligence and the related military branch intelligence agencies as well as the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

The attack on Pearl Harbor, the worst intelligence/policy failure in American history, provides the rationale for all of the intelligence courses being offered; the study of military intelligence requires a more specialized approach than the general intelligence courses. This course provides that approach.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain pertinent facets of military intelligence.
  2. Analyze developments in 4th Generation Warfare concepts.
  3. Evaluate the needs of military intelligence in the war on terrorism.
  4. Evaluate armed forces capabilities, including order of battle, organization, training, tactics, doctrine, strategy, and other factors bearing on military strength and effectiveness.
  5. Explain area and terrain intelligence, including urban areas, coasts and landing beaches, and meteorological, oceanographic, and geological intelligence.
  6. Compare Scriptures and biblical perspectives with real world situations.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Additionally, a minimum of 2 sources must be cited. The student is also required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words and cite a minimum of 1 source. Sources must be cited according to current Turabian format. Sources must be approved by the instructor.

Article Review

The student will choose and discuss a current events article pertaining to military intelligence. The Article Review must be 800–1,000 words and submitted according to current Turabian format. There must be also be at least 2 scholarly citations.

Reflection Papers (2)

These assignments must be 900–1000 words and reflect the student’s reactions to 1 of the assigned articles for the course. This is not an occasion for research, but rather an opportunity to reflect on what someone else has written and published. The student’s observations may focus on the value of the article for the study of military intelligence or on what lessons are offered in the article. The student may reflect on how a Christian may or may not justify participation in activities that are described in the article. A minimum of 3 pertinent, applicable, and timely scholarly sources must be used and cited according to current Turabian format.

Case Studies (2)

For each Case Study, the student will identify an incident such as the construction of the Berlin Wall, the US involvement in the first or second Gulf Wars, the beginning of World War I, or the Able Archer Crisis of 1983. Each Case Study must be 800–900 words and include the student’s observations of what the incident reveals about military intelligence. It may focus on intelligence failures or successes. It may also provide lessons for the development of the practice of military intelligence. A minimum of 3 scholarly, pertinent, applicable, and timely scholarly, pertinent, applicable, and timely scholarly sources ources sources must be used and cited according to current Turabian format.

Intelligence Failures Presentation

The student will choose an intelligence failure and create a presentation detailing the factors and events that led to the failure. The student may use PowerPoint, infographics, or other creative presentation tools. A minimum of 3 scholarly, pertinent, applicable, and timely scholarly sources must be used and cited according to current Turabian format.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm is an open-book/open-notes test that will cover the materials addressed in Modules/Weeks 1–4. It will contain 2 essay questions and their sub questions and have a time limit of 1 hour.

Final Exam

The Final Exam is an open-book/open-notes test that will cover the materials assigned in Modules/Weeks 1–8. It will contain 5 essay questions in 3 essay sets. The student will only respond to 3 essays of his/her choice; each answer must be at least 300 words in length. Each essay set will contain the same 5 questions - Do not respond to the same question twice. The student will have a 2-hour time limit.