U.S. Military Power

A photograph of a line of Marines wearing camouflage walking across a grass field to board a large helicopter.

Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as part of a training drill. (Image courtesy of the Marine Corps on Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0.)


MIT Course Number

17.482 / 17.483

As Taught In

Spring 2015


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the missions, capabilities, and costs of the largely non-nuclear forces that make up the bulk of the U.S. military establishment. The course will also introduce the student to basic techniques for the assessment of relative military capabilities between adversaries in given theaters of military action. Central to the course will be an examination of historical cases of military action that shed light on current defence issues. Many of these cases are recent.

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Barry Posen. 17.482 U.S. Military Power. Spring 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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