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17.460 Defense Politics

As taught in: Spring 2006

Black hawk helicopters.

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


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. Harvey Sapolsky

Course Features

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.