“US space forces conduct space control operations to ensure freedom of action in space for the US and its allies and, when directed, to deny an adversary freedom of action in space. The purpose of these operations is to achieve space superiority.” – Joint Publication 3-14, Space Operations


SPACE 100 – Space Operational Environment & Space Systems

Space-based operations allow global adversaries to develop and field more lethal and agile military forces by simply leveraging available commercial space resources. This course considers basic orbital mechanics, space and associated terrestrial architecture, and develops a deeper understanding of the military and commercial space environment. Graduates will be able to describe space system requirements; best employment options for available space assets; and weave in ongoing and future commercial and/or military operations and their impact on national objectives. [64 Academic Hours]

SPACE 105 – Introduction to Space

This asynchronous, self-paced 8-hour course raises students’ awareness of space by examining the evolution of our understanding and use of space, space as warfighting domain, and trends in the emerging space industry. Graduates of this course will be able to describe the characteristics of space and identify the various orbital regimes employed by spacecraft in operation today. Students will be given an opportunity to learn about the various space-based missions such as satellite communications, ISR, position navigation and timing, missile warning, and environmental monitoring. Lastly, the students will gain a deeper appreciation for the capabilities these missions provide to fielded commanders and how their denial can severely impact the operational environment. [8 Academic Hours}

SPACE 110 – Introduction to Space Operations Seminar

Space is no longer the domain of the most technologically advanced countries; people worldwide rely on services provided by, or dependent upon, space assets. National security interests and objectives require commanders to integrate space capabilities, defense, and expertise across all military operations. This course is designed to expose military commanders, and the forces they direct, to the considerations of planning and conducting space operations. The course is implemented as an introduction to concepts and lexicon of space operations, which provides students with the requisite familiarization to support more advanced space training requirements. The basic concepts developed in this course are further explored in our advanced space training curriculum. [16 Academic Hours]

SPACE 150 – Space Systems Design

Continuous improvements in technology and globalization of services led to the development and proliferation of advanced space systems across commercial, civil, and military sectors. Space capabilities underpin infrastructure and services for commerce, agriculture, humanitarian- and disaster-relief efforts, financial transactions, social networks, and national defense. This course builds upon the principles of orbital mechanics and spacecraft design from Space 100. Graduates of this course will clearly articulate how satellites, payloads, and constellations are designed to provide specific capabilities. Students thoroughly explore scientific concepts behind various space- based asset design, including the use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum in remote sensing, frequency allocation and budgets for satellite communications, and the intricacies of precision navigation and timing. Students will design a payload, spacecraft and its associated systems and sub-systems, and constellation for a specific purpose as well as describe the launch and orbital transfer parameters required to ultimately achieve their design. [64 Academic Hours]

SPACE 155 – Space Race 2.0

This 8-hour asynchronous expands upon the lessons learned in SP 100 or SP 105 and exposes the student to space- based capabilities available to policymakers and militaries around the globe. Students will be introduced to current and emerging kinetic and non-kinetic space threats, the rapid growth in commercialization of the space industry, and the driving forces behind this phenomenon. Finally, the student will be asked to describe the impact of international policy and the commercialization of space on future military acquisitions and capabilities. Potential students should be chosen for continued evaluation as candidates for progression in space-based operations or other related career fields. [8 Academic Hours]

SPACE 200 – Space Operations Planning

Space 200 teaches students to integrate space operations into intelligence and multi-domain operations. Graduates will understand the current international legal regime and multi-national space organizations and the constraints both place on space operations. The course describes the fundamentals of space warfare as described in the US Joint Publication 3-14 and students shall be able to determine space operational requirements to protect coalition space assets and their ability to project combat power. Graduates will develop and analyze courses of action and operational requirements for the best employment of available space assets for ongoing and future military operations and communicate their knowledge to military staff and combat commanders. [64 Academic Hours]

SPACE 300 – Adversary Space Capabilities

Adversaries rely on a variety of integrated terrestrial, cyber, and space-based capabilities and equipment to deliver information, communications, and global awareness. The rapidly expanding commercial space industry provides low-cost space capabilities and options for nations and actors across the globe to enter a previously inaccessible domain. This course introduces the student to the who, what, and why regarding China, Russia, and commercial space programs. By examining the national objectives of both countries, their current and developing space- based capabilities, and commercial space endeavors, graduates of this course will have a firm understanding of the challenges and opportunities these doctrinally based capabilities pose to US and allied interests. This course examines Chinese, Russian, and commercial industry space capabilities: This course covers Chinese, Russian, and commercial industry space capabilities: National Objectives, Doctrine, and Organization; Space Lift; Space Domain Awareness; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Position, Navigation and Timing; Satellite Communications; and Nuclear Detection, Environmental Monitoring, Missile Warning, and Missile Defense. [64 Academic Hours]

SPACE 310 – Countering Adversary Space Capabilities

Many countries are purchasing satellites to support their own strategic military activities. Others believe that the ability to attack space assets offers an asymmetric advantage and as a result, are pursuing a range of anti-satellite weapons. Counterspace weapons vary in the types of effects they create, and the level of technological sophistication and resources required to develop and field them. They also differ in how they are employed and how difficult they are to detect and attribute. The effects of these weapons can be temporary or permanent, depending on the type of system and how it is used. This course provides a detailed study of adversary counterspace capabilities and their effect on US and Coalition space operations. [40 Academic Hours]

SPACE 350 – Adversary Space Capabilities II

China and Russia threaten the ability of nations around the world to deter aggression, protect national interests, and fight and win future conflicts. Simultaneously, the rapidly expanding commercial space industry provides low-cost space capabilities & options for nations and actors across the globe to enter a previously inaccessible domain. China and Russia are developing a wide array of counter-space weapons to hinder international access to essential space services and purposefully interfere with the electro-magnetic spectrum. Private industry is developing orbital maintenance and orbital debris removal capabilities which will represent future counterspace threats. This course flows through the Threat Continuum providing required insight to ensure freedom of action in space and, when necessary, defend against threats and deny adversary freedom of action in space. [64 Academic Hours]

SPACE 900 – The Space Domain – National Security Executive Seminar

Space 900 provides a foundation in space grand strategy to introduce students to space policy and published guidance that shapes strategic initiatives as nation states, allies and partners in space. Space 900 provides an overview of the space environment across all orbital regimes and introduces space capabilities to familiarize students with current examples across military, commercial, allied and civil space. This course provides a stark reality-check on our space vulnerabilities through a review of current adversary counter space capabilities and threat systems that provide a variety of critical services to all nations. We use a series of practical real-world vignettes and examples, to engage the student with situations where space capabilities and space mission areas are applied in support of multi-domain operations. Our discussions and exercises illustrate space interoperability, synchronization, support, and effects across the spectrum of operations. Finally, Space 900 incorporates multiple senior leader perspectives, ranging from the Department of Defense, allied/partner leaders, as well as leaders from commercial space industry. Space 900 offers the unique opportunity to have face-to-face dialogues with space enterprise leaders to enrich your experience and learning with seasoned perspective to achieve a greater awareness of the space environment, threats, and capabilities. [3 Days]