District War on Terrorism Research Paper
Proper Citation of Sources.
When writing papers which use information from researched sources, it is necessary to provide complete and correct documentation to show the source of all words and ideas which are not those of the student. Failure to cite a source implies that the information used is the original work of the paper writer – a form of stealing known as “plagiarism.” In the college class, plagiarism is grounds for failure, no matter how well written the rest of the paper may be.
Do not use first person or contractions when writing. Also, remember that a successful term paper is not one that is written at the last moment, rather it is one that has been thought out, written, edited, and edited some more (you may consider turning in a rough draft or talking with me prior to the due date if you are unsure about how to approach writing the paper). Make sure you proofread! Nothing detracts from a paper (or grade) worse than a poorly written, mistake-filled paper.
When writing this research paper, you should attempt to address the following questions:
Your paper should start with a thesis statement
Why is this person or event important in U.S. Military History?
Does this individual or event represent (cause and effect) that had short- and long-term consequences U.S Military History?
Would U.S. Military History be different if not for the actions of this person or the occurrence of the events? (Make sure you include a solid conclusion)
Students should not use the encyclopedia or the course text book as the primary source of research. You should not rely solely on the internet for information either. Below are topics you can choose from and do your own research.
Sun Tzu advised strategists to “know your enemy and know yourself.”
The Militia System
The Colonial Wars and struggles between empires
The American Revolution and the Early Republic
Conflict with Native-Americans
The Quasi War
The Barbary Coast / Tripolitan Wars
The War of 1812
Jomini and Clausewitz , and SunTzu ( Chinese Philosopher)
Founding of the Academics and the emerging officer professionalism
Indian Wars and Frontier expansion (Native relocations)
The Mexican War (Manifest Destiny)
The Civil War (Military tactics, strategies, leadership, organization and total war)
Post war demobilization (Reconstruction, constabulary duty, and labor unrest)
Birth of the modern military
The Spanish American War (The Splendid Little War)
The Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion & U.S. Intervention into Mexico
The War to End all Wars (The First World War)
Revolution Military Affairs (RMA)
The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)
The Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles
“To know war is not to advocate war”
The League of Nation
Russian Bolshevism (Vladimir I. Lenin)
Demobilization, Diplomacy, and Disarmament
The Interwar Years and Military Policy between the Two Wars
Prelude to World War II (The Policy of Appeasement)
Blitzkrieg East and West
The European Theater and Pacific Theater
Naval and air power
Demobilization and Inter-service rivalries
National Security Act of 1947
The Cold War, The Policy of Containment the Berlin Confrontation and the creation of NATO, The Loss of China and Korea Conflict
The French Indo China War (1945-1954) Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh
The experiment in Nation Building, South Vietnam (1954-1964)
Into the Quagmire (1964-1975) Post Vietnam Challenges
The Collapse of the Soviet Union
The First Gulf War, (Desert Shield -Desert Storm ,1991
Operations Other Than War (Somalia and the retreat from Mogadishu 1993)
The Second Gulf War and Post Saddam Hussein
Iraq and Afghanistan (Has the nature of warfare changed?)
Challenges for the 21st century: Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, Taliban, and God’s Warriors….
War on Terrorism