Pre-Course Assignment

Reserve Component National Security Course

Pick one question below for your RCNSC strategy paper. The paper should be typed, double-spaced, and approximately 500 words in length. (Handwritten is NOT acceptable.) You will submit a hard copy of your paper to your Seminar Leader no later than 0900 on the first day of the course. 

Please adhere to the NDU Academic and Plagiarism policies.

  1. Printing is NOT available for RCNSC students at NDU
  2. Papers are graded Pass / Fail
  3. Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct may result in a student being disenrolled from NDU
  4. Your paper should be an essay that represents original critical thinking and not just recitation of fact. Evaluation of the paper will be based on both (a) composition (organization, clarity of expression, and proper grammar) and (b) originality of thought, the coherence and persuasiveness of your position, and how well you address arguments that would challenge your case.
  5. There is no “RCNSC solution” or answer to any of these questions. The paper’s evaluation will depend on the objective you state in the paper and how well you support it. This writing exercise should provide an opportunity for you to develop and strengthen your skills as a critical thinker.
  6. Please see the  CISA Holistic Paper Rubric.
  7. Please follow the CISA Style Guide if you are citing sources.

Essay Question (Select one):

The President’s National Security Strategy provides a vision of a better future with “a free, open, secure, and prosperous world.” The strategy looks to advance our national interests by protecting the security of Americans; expanding economic prosperity and opportunity; and to and defend democratic values.  The President looks to accomplish those goals through the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic instruments.  By utilizing the National Security Strategy October 2022 along with the other required reading materials, write a 500-word essay answering ONE of the following questions:

 

  1. Which instrument of power (Diplomatic, Informational, Military, or Economic) is the most important tool for competing with the People’s Republic of China and why?
  2. As Russia continues its war with Ukraine, the United State’ primary instruments of power are the Economic and Military tools with economic sanctions along with force enabling measures by suppling military weapons.  What is the biggest risk the United States will encounter with the current strategy and how can that risk be mitigated?
  3. The President plans to modernize and strengthen the Military and use Integrated Deterrence to deter aggression from the People’s Republic of China, Russia, and other States.  How should the Reserve and Guard be utilized for Integrated Deterrence and what changes are required to achieve your vision?