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Fall 2017
Aug 15, 2020
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SEST 643 - Business of National Security
War profiteers? Bungling bureaucracy? Ever since George Washington wrote IOUs to sutlers and merchants in the American Revolutionary War, the private sector has supported American national security. How exactly do business and government work together to achieve national security goals? This multidisciplinary seminar examines that question and studies how the private sector organizes itself to respond to requirements and win business with the U.S. Government and its allies. This class is all about how the sausage is made – it takes a renaissance approach to understanding the national security ecosystem. Studying business, legal, and public policy cases through history, economics, law, and innovation lenses, this seminar equips students with the analytical, conceptual, and experiential tools necessary to contribute fully in either the private sector or government. Using both domestic and international cases, this course examines both successful and failed endeavors. From the use of private security contractors and intelligence analysts, to procuring next-generation weapons platforms, logistics systems, and cyber capabilities, students will gain a deeper understanding of the role the national security industrial base plays in the requirements, budgeting, and acquisition processes to keep America safe.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Security Studies Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Arab Studies
      Asian Studies
      Eurasian, Russian, E Euro Stud
      Foreign Service
      German and European Studies
      Global Human Development
      Latin American Studies
      Law/Arab Studies
      Law/Foreign Service
      Law/Security Studies
      Security Studies

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