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Ch 111: NMTA Social Science: U.S. Foreign Policy, Defense Policy & Government

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We can help you brush up on the history and goals of U.S. foreign and defense policy as you study for the NMTA Social Science exam. Lesson topics include the use of military power, national security, and foreign policy powers of different branches of government.

NMTA Social Science: U.S. Foreign Policy, Defense Policy and Government - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review key topics related to the U.S. governments foreign and defense policy as you prepare for the NMTA Social Science Exam. Lesson topics include:

  • U.S. foreign policy from the Cold War to post-9/11
  • How foreign policy is developed
  • Presidential and congressional foreign policy powers
  • Capabilities of the U.S. military
  • Ideals involved in protection of the American public
  • National security policy economics
  • Foreign policy tools

Our experienced instructors go over key aspect of American foreign policy to help you study for the test. If you find yourself stuck on any of these concepts, feel free to contact the instructor through your dashboard or the help tabs of the lessons.

NMTA Social Science: US Foreign Policy, Defense Policy and Government - Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Social Science exam is a comprehensive evaluation of your knowledge and understanding of core subjects in social science. Your score will be used to determine whether you are eligible for teacher licensure in the state of New Mexico. The topics in this U.S. Foreign Policy, Defense Policy and Government chapter fall within the Government content domain, which includes 19% of the total 150 multiple-choice test questions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 111: NMTA Social Science: U.S. Foreign Policy, Defense Policy & Government
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A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11

1. A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States have caused fundamental changes to U.S. foreign policy. In this lesson, you'll be provided a brief overview of U.S. foreign policy during and after the Cold War.

Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

2. Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

Foreign policy is not developed in a vacuum or by only one actor in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the president, Congress and interest groups help develop U.S. foreign policy. A short quiz follows.

Foreign Policy Powers of the President & Congress

3. Foreign Policy Powers of the President & Congress

In the United States, both the president and Congress have influence over the development and implementation of foreign policy. In this lesson, you'll learn about the powers that the executive and legislative branch exerts over foreign policy.

The Use & Capabilities of U.S. Military Power

4. The Use & Capabilities of U.S. Military Power

One of the most powerful foreign policy tools that the United States possesses is military force. In this lesson, you'll learn about the capabilities of the United State military and how it can be used to advance national interest.

Ideals, Interests & Needs of Protecting the American Public

5. Ideals, Interests & Needs of Protecting the American Public

Foreign policy is often a place where values, reality and necessity collide. In this lesson, you'll learn about the concepts of national ideals, national mission and national interests and see how they work together and sometimes even in opposition.

The Economics of National Security Policy

6. The Economics of National Security Policy

The national security interest of the United States is broad, complex and involves far more than mere military security. In this lesson, you'll learn how economics fits into the overall national security policy of the United States.

Tools of Foreign Policy

7. Tools of Foreign Policy

This lesson will explain some of the different tools used in foreign policy. It will focus on diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence, and military force.

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