Diplomacy 750: Defense Statecraft
May 8, 2020
Please answer one of the following three questions, and return your essay to Dr. Farley by 12:30pm:
1. Discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on defense planning in the United States. How will the economic and demographic effects of the pandemic change how the United States manages its defense budget and its military services?
2. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated considerable ill-will between China and the United States. How will the pandemic affect the balance of power between Washington and Beijing? What military risks and opportunities now face each of the two competitors?
3. The Spanish Flu of 1918 had an important, but not decisive, impact of fighting on the Western Front. Have the character and nature of warfare changed such that the modern COVID-19 pandemic will have different effects on conflicts around the globe?