I run the Counter-Proliferation Studies program for the Defense Analysis Department at NPS.
Here are the recent syllabi from my two foundational courses in this education track:
Deterrence and Coercion
This course provides an intensive study of deterrence and coercion in three main sections. The first part exposes students to foundational theories of deterrence and coercion, especially in the context of strategic forces. In the second part of the course, students leverage these coercion theories to better understand the logic and practice of adversarial strategy against the United States and its partners (within the “4 + 1 framework”). The third part analyzes the menu of U.S. coercive capabilities and strategies available to confront national security challenges.
Proliferation and Counter-proliferation
This course provides students in the special operations community and related fields with the analytic tools to understand proliferation strategy and devise effective counter-proliferation measures. The course focuses on (1) why actors pursue or forego nuclear, chemical, and biological (NCB) weapons; (2) how actors go about developing these unique capabilities in the face of security risks and resource constraints; and (3) when various political-military options are most and least effective at inhibiting the spread of NCB weapons, especially amid an era of rapidly emerging technology. The course pairs traditional seminars and written assignments with interactive exercises to simulate strategic decision making by foreign actors over NCB-weapons programs. Students are equipped to identify over-the-horizon proliferation challenges, exploit specific opportunities, and formulate options for engaging with partners in the counter-proliferation arena.