Academic Departments

Defense Strategy, Acquisition and Resourcing

The DSAR Department provides an integrated sequence of instruction spanning Phase Two of the Eisenhower academic program. The integrated aspect of both the fall and spring curricula provide students with an understanding of the iterative relationship between developing strategy to achieve national objectives and the associated resourcing decisions required both to inform development and execute the resulting plans. The overall DSAR sequence of instruction provides students with the conceptual tools and frameworks to create politically and resource informed plans at the strategic level.

The DSAR lesson materials complement and reinforce related topics presented in other Eisenhower School core courses and specialized academic programs. For example, the resourcing components of the curricula provide a broad understanding of the defense acquisition and logistics processes, as well as a foundation for evaluating the influence of policies and practices on the industrial base and, in turn, on the nation’s security strategy. Similarly, examining the resource constrained trade-offs involved in evaluating alternative defense strategies provides a foundation for evaluating capabilities required to support the military element of national power within the context of competing resource requirements to support other elements of national security and domestic programs.

National Security and Economic Policy

The NSEP Department teaches the Phase 2 core course in National Security and Economic Policy and contributes to the Industry Study Program and the Industry Analytics component of IS. The goal of the NSEP course is to enable students to operate effectively at the strategic level, crafting national-level strategies and policies that integrate national security, economics, and politics. National security-focused lessons educate students to be able to evaluate and integrate a wide range of policy decisions across diverse content areas such as domestic and international politics, military strategy, and informational and technological capabilities. Economics-focused lessons educate students on the concepts of GDP and economic growth, the essentials of fiscal and monetary policy, the challenges of the U.S. Federal debt problem, the principles of international trade and capital flows, the drivers of economic growth in emerging market countries (especially China), and the challenges of economic development. The last portion of the course challenges the students to apply these principles to selected major policy issues, which helps prepare them for the end-of-year National Security and Resource Strategy Exercise.

National Security and Industrial Base

The NSIB course provides students a frameworks with which to apply analytical techniques in assessing the ability of one of 20 selected strategic industrial sectors to support national security in the near- and mid-term. NSIB has two portions, Industry Market & Firm Evaluation and Industry Field Studies: Applied Evaluation, which include modules on “industry analysis” and “international comparative business environments”. The modules constitute a study of the national and global resource bases supporting the national security strategy. Students develop a strategic perspective of an industry, and the impact effect of government policies on that industry, and its role in supporting the materiel requirements of national defense security in normal and emergency conditions.

The program of study for the NSIB courses includes: 1) seminars with discussions facilitated by Eisenhower School faculty, prominent industry and government executives, and academic experts that focus on the critical aspects of the sector under examination; and 2) field study visits to domestic and foreign government agencies, labor, trade and public policy organizations, research facilities, financial institutions, and selected industry exemplars, including government prime and sub-contractor firms. The field-study program provides the laboratory to explore with industry executives and government policy makers those issues and concepts developed in academic research. It facilitates observation and examination of issues in operational settings. The international field study adds the an international dimension of to the comparative industrial analysis, permitting a realistic assessment of the relative performance of U.S. industry and the U.S. economy in a competitive world.

Strategic Leadership

The Strategic Leadership Department provides curricula and classroom instruction in a program to develop innovative strategic thinkers and change agents who can create and lead agile, effective organizations to attain and maintain competitive advantage in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous strategic environment. There are four course objectives: Evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing strategic leader competencies as they relate to leading, changing, and transforming organizations in joint, inter-agency, and multinational environments; Evaluating, developing and applying the tools of strategic leadership for implementing coherent strategies to lead, change, and transform organizations in joint, inter-agency, and multinational environments; Evaluating the moral, social, and ethical impact of leading at the strategic level; and Enhancing self-awareness and engage in continuous self-assessment, development, and life-long learning.

As part of the Strategic Leadership Course, students have the opportunity to participate in one of two individual leadership assessment and development opportunities. U.S. students and native English speakers take advantage of the leading-edge Executive Assessment and Development Program (EADP). Students who are not native English speakers take the Discovery Insights instrument. The purpose of these two programs is to increase the students’ awareness of his/her strengths and weaknesses, and help the student develop the skills needed to become effective, successful strategic leaders and change agents.