Thu, Oct 8

POL 389-800, Security Studies
SUNY Oswego | Fall 2020
Dr. Craig Warkentin


  • Ch. 13, Military Security (Sheehan, 191-205)


  • Explain the importance of the military dimension in the study of security
  • Trace how "broadening security" impacts the military dimension of security
  • Contrast traditional and non-traditional understandings of military security
  • Discuss key issues of concern: war, alliances, deterrence, arms control


  • alliance (196)
  • arms control (200)
  • balance of power (196)
  • blackmail (200)
  • deterrence (193)
  • insurgent (194)
  • neutrality (199)
  • security dilemma (195)
  • sovereignty (198)
  • strategic culture (193)
  • traditional security (195)



Questions (204-205)

  1. Why is it important to study military security?
  2. Are governments correct in prioritizing military security?
  3. To what extent is the requirement for military security produced by international anarchy and the security dilemma?
  4. Has the end of the Cold War invalidated the arguments for security policies based on nuclear deterrence?
  5. In what ways can military security be said to have objective and subjective reality?
  6. How useful is arms control as a means of achieving military security?
  7. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional realist approach to military security?
  8. To what extent can the military-security environment be said to be "socially constructed"?
  9. Is war becoming obsolete as an instrument of national policy?
  10. Should Security Studies continue to address the dangers posed by militarism to society?