Critical Thinking for Strategic Leadership

Course #GB3400

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course is about thinking critically and its importance for national security. It will help students better understand how to use critical thinking as a tool for strategic leadership. The course will show why critical and strategic thinking is important, and how it can be used to understand competitive situations and trends in the strategic environment; and help better formulate and analyze ideas about complex problems (in both business and defense-oriented organizations), and the examination of cases of leaders, leadership and critical and strategic thinkers in the past and present. The topic and the approach meets a timely need identified most recently in the Education for Sea-power Study which calls for (much) greater attention to educating for strategic and critical thinking and strategic leadership. Open to both resident and DL students.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

  •  18 Dec 2023 – 05 Jan 2024

    Winter break

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