MISC 502 Command Leadership

Examination and application of command leadership processes.

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

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Students will learn advanced approaches to command leadership. Careful consideration of foundations, character, adversaries, decisionmaking, complex environments, politicization, and emerging domains will comprise critical components of the study of command leadership.


Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions (7)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will post one thread of at least 350 words and then the student must post 2 replies of at least 100 words. For each thread, the student must support their assessments by utilizing at least two of the four information streams: scholarly, practitioner, adversary literature and documents, and population perceptions (human domain). News articles and other sources can be used judiciously.  The student should make sure to use citations in current APA format. Each reply should incorporate at least 1 quality source cited in current APA format in order to keep the discussions focused on quality analysis rather than conjecture.

Video Brief: Understanding the Adversary Assignment

After studying assigned readings for the module/week, and additional sources the student may want to add for depth of understanding, the student will provide a video brief between 10-15 minutes answering critical information requirements noted in the assignment (Discussion or Assignment). The video brief must demonstrate the research, analysis, and communication standards for military intelligence professionals noted in class.

Near-Peer Competitor: Research Paper Proposal Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to foster the critical security skills of relevancy, research (information) organization and structure, and purposeful, high-quality research design. The objective is to understand, optimize, and formulate an effective structure for assessing a relevant security issue related to the People’s Republic of China or Russia (Near-Peer Competitors). 

Book Review Assignment

The student will write a Book Review for this class in order to more deeply understand and assess military leadership, adversary considerations, and the operational environment–critical components of the outcomes of this course. In the the Book Review, the student will need to both identify the author’s thesis as well as evaluate how effectively the author supports it by using specific examples from throughout the book. The student must use footnotes in current Turabian formatting when citing your examples. 

Near-Peer Competitor: Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a research paper of 12–15 pages, exclusive of the cover page and bibliography. The final paper should be suitable for presentation at a scholarly conference. The paper must have and develop a clearly-stated thesis. The student should make sure their thesis is not just a general statement of intent: i.e., “In this paper I will discuss the rise of Adolf Hitler.”


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