This assessment gauges your understanding of the ideas and concepts introduced in the C200 lessons as well as your use of them to analyze strategies.


General Instructions

This examination is worth 40% of the C200 block grade and is due after you have completed lessons C201 through C206.

You may use the C200 online lessons, readings, and references to help you answer the exam.  

You may not discuss this assignment with anyone other than a DDE faculty member.  

All work MUST be your own.  You may NOT discuss this examination or your answers with any current or potential CGSOC students.    

Your answers will be typed and double-spaced.  Use Arial 12-pitch font and one-inch margins.  

Type your answers directly into the spaces provided. Your typed responses will be double-spaced sentences (not bullets).  

Your answers should be no more than one typed page for each question.  Write clearly, concisely and limit your answers to one page.        

If you state something from doctrine, the readings or the lessons as part of your answer, you MUST give a citation in accordance with ST 22-2. See ST22-2 Appendix A, example #7 for citing from the lesson material. You may use endnotes or footnotes on this exam.    

You do not have to submit a CGSC 1009w writing evaluation form with this exam.  


Note: Save your C200 exam using the following file naming convention per ST 22-2 (p. 18): Last Name_First Name_Block/Module/Course_Assignment.File Extension


Example:  Green_Patrick_C200_Exam.docx







A (90-100)

B (80-89)

C (70-79)

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Requirement # Requirement Value Requirement  

1 10 Ends, Ways, and Means

2 15 Future Security Environment

3 20 Instruments of National Power

4 10 Risk

5 10 CJCS and NSC  

6 10 GEF and JSCP  

7 15 Feasibility, Acceptability, and Suitability

8 10 Security Cooperation and Security Assistance





Instructor: _______________________________









1.In your own words, briefly define (i.e. no more than a paragraph each) the concepts of Ends, Ways, and Means.


2.Using the “Global Trends; Paradox of Progress” and the “Joint Operating Environment 2035” extracts you read during the C202 lesson, along with the National Defense Strategy (pages 1-3) from lesson C205, 

choose three topics to discuss regarding the Future Security Environment (one of each): a significant threat, a significant challenge, and a significant opportunity. 

 Briefly describe (i.e. no more than a paragraph each) the threat, challenge, and opportunity and why each would be significant to a geographic combatant commander.


a) Threat [5 points]





b)  Challenge [5 points]





c)  Opportunity [5 points]




3.Describe the four instruments of US national power and give two examples of each instrument.



4.Describe Risk within the Ends-Ways-Means-Risk construct and approaches to risk reduction that a combatant commander could make if a given strategy was determined to entail excessive risk





5.Explain how the CJCS fulfills the role of principle military adviser in the National Security Council system.




6.What information do the GEF and JSCP contain that a Geographic Combatant Commander uses to guide the development of Theater Strategy?


a)  GEF 





b)  JSCP





7.In the context of strategy formulation, the questions of feasibility, acceptability, and suitability are really questions about the validity of a given strategy. In your own words, briefly define the concepts of feasibility, acceptability, and suitability.  


a) Feasibility 





b)  Acceptability





c) Suitability






8. Distinguish between Security Cooperation and Security Assistance Programs