17.950 Understanding Military Operations

As taught in: Spring 2010

A photograph of an U.S. Army soldier launching a Raven unmanned aerial vehicle.

U.S. Army soldier launches a Raven unmanned aerial vehicle. (Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st class Jeremy L. Wood, U.S. Navy. (Released) courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.)




Prof. Owen Cote

Course Description

A proper understanding of modern military operations requires a prior understanding of both the material side of war, and the human or organizational side of war. This seminar will break apart selected past, current, and future sea, air, space, and land battlefields into their constituent parts and look at the interaction in each of those warfare areas between existing military doctrine and weapons, sensors, communications, and information processing technologies. It will specifically seek to explore how technological development, whether innovative or stagnant, is influenced in each warfare area by military doctrine.