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PPR421: Comparative Defence Policy
Defence policy-making concerns the formulation, acquisition and application of the use of 'force' to pursue national and allied policy goals. Thus, defence policies are usually formulated around answers to questions like:
This course is intended to focus broadly upon contemporary issues in defence policy. 'Force transformation' is one such contemporary and critical issue by which global militaries are responding to the opportunities/ threats created by the Information Age and this is reflected in the defence policies that guide and shape them.
This course will examine the defence policies of a number of nation-states and will broadly chart the 'transformation of force' that is currently underway in some of the most powerful militaries of the world.
This course will look at the transformations in the perspectives, assumptions and hardware that have taken place in the making of defence policy since the 'Second Cold War' period of the 1980s, that is to say, in the Information Age. In essence, therefore, we will look at 'the transformation of force' in defence issues reflecting local, regional, international and technological relations.
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