Space

“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

COURSES OFFERED

SPACE 100 – Introduction to the Space Environment

Graduates of this course shall be able to describe the space operating environment and basic orbital mechanics. Building upon this foundation students will determine space systems requirements to support the following space missions: communications, remote sensing, and precision, navigation and timing (PNT). Space systems students shall be able to describe system 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. [120 Academic Hours]

SPACE 110 – Introduction to Space Operations Seminar

Over the past half century, continuous improvements in technology and globalization of services led to the development and proliferation of advanced space systems across the commercial, civil, and military sectors. Space is no longer the domain of the most technologically advanced countries; people worldwide rely on services provided by, or dependent upon, space assets. Space capabilities underpin infrastructures and services for activities such as commerce, agriculture, humanitarian- and disaster-relief efforts, financial transactions, social networks, and national defense. 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 200 – Space Operations

Graduates shall be able to determine space operational requirements which support the following operational and intelligence concepts: control of space, global engagement, full force integration, and intelligence. The graduates shall be able to describe 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. [80 Academic Hours]

SPACE 300 – Space ISR

Space Power is the sum of a nation’s capabilities to leverage space for diplomatic, information, military and economic activities in peace or war in order to attain national objectives. Many U.S. allies and partners acknowledge space as an integral component of their respective national security strategies and recognize the increasing contest in space posed by potential adversaries. The intentions and advancements of our adversaries in space are threatening the ability of the U.S. and its allies to deter aggression, to protect national interests, and to fight and win future conflicts. Space 300 applies intelligence preparation of the battlespace techniques to train space professionals on adversary space capabilities and provides a detailed understanding of the adversary’s use of the space operational environment. Space 300 examines China and Russia’s developing space capabilities and their investment in space lift, ranges, missile warning & defense, space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and communication platforms, precision navigation and timing, and supporting infrastructure. [40 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]