Certificate in Nuclear Weapons Operations and Policy
This certificate is an exploration of the biological effects of radiation and concepts of radiological response related to nuclear emergencies. Students will focus on basic nuclear physics, response processes and capabilities, radiation detection equipment, contamination processes and procedures and command and control.
Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to do the following:
- Explain and discuss nuclear weapon capabilities, and effects as well as U.S. nuclear policy, and joint nuclear doctrine (NW 305)
- Explain and discuss evolution of U.S. nuclear weapons policy, nuclear deterrence theory, applications of nuclear weapons within the instruments of national policy, factors influencing policy, foreign nation nuclear weapons drivers, and proliferation concerns (NW 401)
- Explain the strategic and tactical utility of each type of CBRN weapon in various kinds of conflict
- Recognize the primary cause and dynamics of conflict and identify appropriate means of conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation, and basic diplomacy for a given situation
- Synthesize and reflect upon knowledge gained upon certificate completion
DNWS NW305 Theater Nuclear Operations Course (TNOC)
DNWS NW401 Nuclear Policy (NUCPOL)
NUC350 Principles of Grand Strategy
NUC415 Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons
PRO380 Conflict Resolution
300+ Strategic Security Elective
SEC300 Certificate Portfolio
Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.