17.460 Defense Politics

Spring 2006

Black hawk helicopters.
U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and Web links in the related resources section. A list of suggested topics for the final research paper is also available in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course focuses on the institutional relationships that affect the raising, maintenance and use of military forces in the United States. It is about civil/military, government/industry, military/science and military service/military service relations.

The course examines how politicians, defense contractors, and military officers determine the military might of the United States. It analyzes the military strategies of the nation and the bureaucratic strategies of the armed services, contractors, and defense scientists. It offers a combination of military sociology, organizational politics, and the political economy of defense.

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Prof. Harvey Sapolsky

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate

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