Military Intelligence – GOVT 483

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

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

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. 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 APA format. Sources must be approved by the instructor.

Article Review Assignment

The student will choose and discuss a current events article pertaining to military intelligence. The Article Review must be at least 800 words in length and submitted according to current APA format. There must also be at least 2 scholarly references used.

Reflection Paper Assignments (2)

These assignments must be at least 900 words of text and reflect the student’s reactions to scholarly sources that describe incidents or scenarios concerning the topic for the  assignment. This is not an occasion for significant 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 should reflect on how a Christian may or may not justify participation in activities that are described in the article(s). A minimum of 3 pertinent, applicable, and timely scholarly sources must be used and cited according to current APA format.

Case Study Assignments (2)

For each Case Study Assignment, 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 Assignment must be at least 800 words of text 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 pertinent, applicable, and timely scholarly sources must be used and cited according to current APA format.

Intelligence Failures Presentation Assignment

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 pertinent, applicable, and timely scholarly sources must be used and cited according to current APA format.

Quiz: Midterm

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

Quiz: Final

The Quiz: Final is an open-book/open-notes test that will cover the materials assigned in Module 1: Week 1 - Module 8: Week 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. The student must not respond to the same question twice. The student will have a 2-hour time limit.