- Code STST8054
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Strategic Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Andrew Davies
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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This graduate course explores how nation states build, plan and acquire their defence forces and how the force structures reflect national strategy. The course explores issues such as the responsibilities of government for defence, how to measure defence capability, the evolution of defence technology, debates over self-sufficiency and the relationship between national strategy and defence industry. It examines the difficulties inherent in defence force structure planning and acquisition, from the matching of hardware to strategy through to project management challenges. The course is primarily focused on countries in the Asia-Pacific, with a particular emphasis on Australian policy choices. There will be many case studies to illustrate the overarching themes being explored.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Develop an understanding of public policy decisions regarding defence planning and capital investment
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical debates over defence capability and force planning
- Critically analyse the interplay of defence industry activity, national defence and the broader economy
- Possess a range of basic methodological tools for interpreting and analysing defence budgets and defence budget decisions, including some simple quantitative tools and techniques
- Develop capacity for original, independent analysis of defence policy decisions
- Short assignment: ministerial brief (20) [LO 1,3,5]
- Long Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Exam (40) [LO 1,2,4,5]
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120 hours total over semester
Thomson, Mark. "The Cost of Defence: ASPI Defence Budget Brief 2017-2018", Australian Strategic Policy Institute, May 2017.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9696||22 Jul 2019||29 Jul 2019||31 Aug 2019||25 Oct 2019||In Person||View|