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Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications Certificate Program

Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (GSEAS)

Program Length: 1 year | Starts: Spring | Curriculum: #298

 

Program Overview

The Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications (NC3) Certificate is comprised of four courses (SS3011, SS3613, SS3740 and SS3741). Upon successful completion of the course work, students will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment in keeping with standard practices of the Naval Postgraduate School. The Space NC3 Certificate supports objectives corresponding to required space, ground and classified elements of USAF Global Strike Command’s strategic Nuclear education components. This certificate is a distance learning, asynchronous education program that covers satellite technology and communication fundamentals relevant to U.S. strategic nuclear operations, deterrence and assurance.

 


Certificate Program

The Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications Certificate is a 12-month, part-time program, with one course offered per quarter for four consecutive quarters, delivered asynchronously using web-based instruction with classified content instruction using SIPRNet.  The web-based courses are paced week-to-week by the instructors, but students have great flexibility to do coursework at times of their choosing during each week.

The US NC3 system is extraordinarily complex and wholly unique.  The Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications (NC3) Certificate is designed to give students a basic foundation to understand Space capabilities and their integration into the U.S. NC3 architecture involving networks, sensors and communication fundamentals relevant to U.S. strategic nuclear operations, deterrence and assurance.  The students will understand various nuclear systems and communication nodes to the technical level.  Upon completion students will understand the NC3 system basic modes of operation in various scenarios (such as peace time vs conflict).  Students will be equipped to make informed recommendations regarding future NC3 system updates based on accepted design principles, past lessons learned, evolving deterrence needs, and new technology.

 

A new Space NC3 Certificate class is scheduled to begin in the Spring Quarter (1st week of April). The Space NC3 Certificate program can be delivered virtually anywhere to any qualified applicant who has access to both Internet and SIPRNet systems.

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Program Announcements

Call for Applications: Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications Certificate Program

Commencing the week of 30 March 2020 (curriculum 298)

The Naval Postgraduate School’s Space Systems Academic Group is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its distance learning Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications (NC3) Certificate.  The certificate program (curriculum 298) begins the week of 30 March 2020.  The Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications Certificate program primarily targets cross-service military officers and government civilians who are a part of the US strategic nuclear triad or associated NC3 systems/programs or are in NC3 strategic decision-making organizations such as STRATCOM.  Other federal civilians and defense contractor civilians may be granted entry when seats are available and they meet NPS Admissions criteria.  The Space NC3 certificate program is designed to give students a basic foundation to understand Space capabilities and their integration into the U.S. NC3 architecture involving networks, sensors and communication fundamentals relevant to U.S. strategic nuclear operations, deterrence and assurance.  The students will understand various nuclear systems and communication nodes to the technical level.  Upon completion students will understand the NC3 system basic modes of operation in various scenarios (such as peace time vs conflict).  Students will be equipped to make informed recommendations regarding future NC3 system updates based on accepted design principles, past lessons learned, evolving deterrence needs, and new technology.

Deadline for application is 06 January 2020. For more information, contact the Academic Associate, Stephen Tackett at shtacket@nps.edu, or the NPS Admissions Office admissions@nps.edu.


Curriculum 

  • Curriculum

    Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications Certificate (Distance Learning)

    Course Number

    Title

    Total

    Credits

    Lecture Hours

    Lab Hours

    SS3011

    Space Technology and Applications

    3

    3

    0

    SS3613

    Military Satellite Communications

    3

    3

    0

    SS3740

    Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Systems - Part I

    3

    3

    0

    SS3741

    Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Systems - Part II

    3

    3

    0

    The first two courses, SS3011 and SS3613, establish a foundation for Space Systems and satellite communications. The 3rd and 4th courses, SS3740 and SS3741, are a two part series of instruction that provide a comprehensive technical view of the US Nuclear Command, Control & Communications system in a classified environment. 

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Eligibility and Admissions Standards

The following are eligible for this program:

  • US Military Officers*
  • US Government Civilians (GS)
  • Enlisted Personnel
  • Contractors

*Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 1 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the Space NC3 Certificate Program.

Prerequisites:

A baccalaureate degree and completion of college-level Algebra II and college-level Physics with a C or better grade average is required.

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Tuition

NPS Mission-funded Tuition

NPS is mission-funded to provide tuition-free graduate education to active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.

Sponsor-reimbursed Tuition

The open enrollment tuition price is dependent upon military, government employee and defense contractor affiliation.  Seats not filled by active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers will be made available for open enrollment to other uniformed officers, Department of the Navy and other federal government civilians, and defense contractor civilians under the sponsorship of their organization.  Please contact the 298 Academic Associate, Mr. Stephen Tackett at shtacket@nps.edu for current tuition pricing.

Please refer to the tuition page regarding general information on tuition for DL programs. For questions about funding transfers, contact the NPS Tuition POC at: Tuition@nps.edu


Contact Information

For more information contact the 298 Academic Associate, Mr. Stephen Tackett at shtacket@nps.edu.

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NPS Follow-on Program(s):

Space Systems Operations - Resident Master’s Degree Program (Curriculum 366)

The Space Systems Operations program prepares the graduate to plan, manage, and to develop the necessary requirements, strategy, and doctrine for military space systems. Students will gain knowledge of and appreciation for military opportunities in space and acquire the practical and theoretical skills required for the execution of space-based operations. Included are both the space-based and terrestrial components of military systems employed for communications, surveillance, navigation, electronic warfare and environmental sensing.

Space Systems Engineering - Resident Master’s Degree Program (Curriculum 591)

The Space Systems Engineering program prepares the graduate to design, develop, and manage the acquisition of space communications, navigation, surveillance, electronic warfare, and environmental sensing systems.  Students will gain a comprehensive scientific and technical knowledge of military space systems, and the theoretical and practical skills required to design and integrate spacecraft subsystems , payloads, and space-based systems. 

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Additional SSAG certificates:

Space Systems Design Certificate- Distance Learning (Curriculum 253)

The Space Systems Design Certificate provides a top-level overview of basic spacecraft design.  The four-course sequence is intended to convey to students—who may have limited or no space experience—the knowledge required to incorporate new and existing technologies into space systems, derive and articulate design requirements, and firmly understand the mission design life cycle.  The certificate course sequence covers the major spacecraft subsystems within the construct of spacecraft cost, reliability estimates, and common spacecraft acquisition issues. The specific subsystems include structures, thermal, power, attitude control, propulsion, and telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C). 

Space Systems Certificate- Distance Learning (Curriculum 273)

The Space Systems Certificate provides the foundation to understanding the integration of space capabilities across combined armed forces, involving networks, sensors, and weapons. The certificate course sequences covers MILSATCOM, remote sensing, physics of the space environment, and orbitology, providing knowledge, and insight to exploit the combat advantage provided by current and future space-based resources.

 

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