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Strategic Intelligence
GOVT-484

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

Course Description

An upper-division course studying the concept of Strategic Intelligence, including the concept of fourth generation warfare, from the standpoint of the various intelligence agencies, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense.

Requisites

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

This course will examine the role Strategic Intelligence plays in national security to help the student study and analyze strategic successes and failures, and how the current U.S. Strategic Intelligence Enterprise is organized and functions to provide decision-makers with intelligence to prevent strategic surprise.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain more sophisticated concepts of intelligence.
  2. Analyze complicated intelligence operations, including intelligence failures in specific case histories.
  3. Evaluate complicated proposals for reorganizing the intelligence community.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student

Dahl, Erik J. Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2013.

McDowell, Don. Strategic Intelligence: A Handbook for Practitioners, Managers, and Users. Revised. Lantham: The Scarecrow Press, 2009.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Current ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press https://www.liberty.edu/academics/casas/academicsuccess/index.cfm?PID=11954

 

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (8)

The student will take part in 8 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student will post a thread of at least 500 words presenting his/her own opinion on the assigned topic. Each thread must be supported by at least 3 citations. Additionally, the student will post replies of at least 150 words each to 2 classmates’ threads.

Intelligence Failure Research Paper

The student will choose a topic directly related to the study of strategic intelligence and write a research paper on that topic, making use of at least 5 different sources. The paper must be written in current Turabian format, have a body of 8–12 pages, and adhere to the standards of academic writing.

Exams (2)

The student will complete a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam. Both exams are open-book/open-notes, but are not to be collaborated on with any other person. Each exam will be 2 hours and will include 4 essay questions.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (8 at 50 pts ea)

400

Intelligence Failure Research Paper

200

Midterm Exam

(Modules 1–4)

200

Final Exam

(Modules 5–8)

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

GOVT 484

Textbooks: Dahl, Intelligence and Surprise Attack (2013).

McDowell, Strategic Intelligence (2009).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

McDowell: chs. 1–3

2 presentations

2 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

50

2

McDowell: ch. 4

2 presentations

2 websites

DB Forum 2

50

3

McDowell: chs. 13–15

3 presentations

2 websites

DB Forum 3

50

4

McDowell: ch. 12

2 presentations

2 websites

DB Forum 4

Midterm Exam

50

200

5

Dahl: Intro, chs. 1–3

1 presentation

2 websites

DB Forum 5

50

6

Dahl: chs. 5–7

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 6

50

7

Dahl: ch. 8, Conclusion

2 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 7

Intelligence Failure Research Paper

50

200

8

2 presentations

3 websites

DB Forum 8

Final Exam

50

200

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.