Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Systems - Curriculum 365

Program Officer

Brian Judy, LCDR, USN

Glasgow West, Room 3010

(831) 656-3635, DSN 756-3635

bpjudy@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Steven J. Iatrou

Glasgow West, Room 3011

(831) 656-3770, DSN 756-3770

FAX (831) 656-3679

sjiatrou@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Joint C4I curriculum is designed to meet broad educational objectives endorsed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The overall objective is to provide officers and DoD civilian equivalents, through graduate education, with a comprehensive operational and technical understanding of the field of C4I systems as applied to joint and combined military operations at the national and unified command levels. The program is designed with the following goals: enable individuals to develop an understanding of the role C4I systems play in the use of military power and the ability to interpret the impact of C4I on operating philosophy; provide adequate background knowledge in basic technology, human capabilities, and joint military operations and how these factors are exploited in current C4I systems; and provide the framework whereby students can perform requirement and planning studies of new C4I systems and contribute to crisis management. This curriculum is sponsored by the Headquarters USMC, Director of Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4).

These officers should be able to undertake a wide range of assignments in C4I (both joint and intra-service) over the full span of their careers.

Requirements for Entry

The Joint C4I curriculum is open to all U.S. military services and selected civilian employees of the U.S. Government. Admission requires a baccalaureate degree with above-average grades and mathematics through differential and integral calculus. Eligibility for a TOP SECRET security clearance with access to SPECIAL COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION (SCI) is required. An academic profile code (APC) of 334 is required for direct entry. Officers not meeting the APC may be admitted based on transcript reviews by the Director of Admissions and the Program Officer.

Entry Date

Joint C4I Systems is an eight-quarter course of study with a single entry date in June. If further information is needed, contact the Academic Associate or the Program Officer.

Degree

Requirements for the Master of Science in Systems Technology (Joint Command, Control, and Communications (C3)) degree are met as a milestone en route to satisfying the Educational Skill Requirements of the curricular program.

Master of Science in Systems Technology (Command, Control, and Communications)

The Master of Science in Systems Technology (Joint C3) degree will be awarded at the completion of the appropriate interdisciplinary program carried out in accordance with the following degree requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 quarter-hours of graduate-level work in four different academic disciplines, of which at least 15 hours must represent courses at the 4000 level in at least two of the disciplines.
  • Within the course program there must be a specialization sequence consisting of at least three courses.
  • In addition to the 45 hours of course credit, an acceptable thesis must be completed.
  • The program must be approved by the Chairman, Information Sciences Department.

Subspecialty

Navy none.

U.S. Marine Corps officers completing this curriculum fulfill the requirements for MOS 8858.

Typical Course of Study

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
CC0810Thesis Research for C4I Students

0

8

CC3000Command and Control

4

0

CC4250Enterprise Architecture

4

0

CC4913Policies and Problems in C2

4

0

CS3600Introduction to Computer Security

4

2

IS3001Information Sciences for Defense

3

0

IS3200Enterprise Systems Analysis and Design

3

2

IS3301Computer-Based Tools for Decision Support

3

2

IS3450RF and EW Concepts in Networked Systems

4

0

IS3502Network Operations I

4

2

IS4300Project Management for Enterprise Systems

3

2

IS4505Tactical and Wireless Networking

3

2

IS4926Network Operating Centers

4

0

IW3101Military Operations in the Information Environment

4

0

MA1113Single Variable Calculus I

4

0

MN3331Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

5

1

MN4125Managing Planned Change in Complex Organizations

4

0

MO1901Mathematics for ISSO

4

0

OS3007Operations Research for Energy Systems Analysts

4

0

OS3105Statistics for Technical Management

4

1

PH1322Electromagnetism

4

2

PH3052Physics of Space and Airborne Sensor Systems

4

0

PH3700Fundamentals of Energy

4

0

SS3610Space Communications Systems: Fundamentals and Analysis

4

2

SS3613Military Satellite Communications

3

0

Educational Skill Requirements (ESR)

Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Systems Curriculum - 365

The graduate shall be able to:

  1. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND BUSINESS PRACTICES (Knowledge and Comprehension)

    Graduates will be able to identify and describe concepts, information technologies and business practices associated with the acquisition, processing, filtering, transmission, cataloging, storage, security, distribution and display of information needed to support military decision making and control of forces.

  2. TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION AND MILITARY OPERATIONS (Application and Analysis)

    Graduates will to able to relate existing information theories and information systems technologies to current and emerging military problem sets including threats to information movement in the EM spectrum. Graduates will be able to compare competing approaches to these problem sets and be able to apply design, development, testing and evaluation practices that enable solutions. Graduates will be able to evaluate options reflecting viability and alignment to adjacent and higher level system architectures.

  3. STRATEGY AND POLICY (Evaluate and Create)

    Graduates will be able to evaluate and critique existing policies, procedures and doctrine affecting command and control of forces and the management of information systems in support of military operations. Graduates will be able to clearly articulate alternatives to overcome identified shortcomings. Graduates will support these proposals by identifying their impact throughout the spectrum of military operations.

  4. PROBLEM SOLVING AND REAL WORLD APPLICABILITY (Apply, Analyze, Synthesize, Evaluate)

    Students will demonstrate their ability to incorporate concepts learned in each of the aforementioned skill requirements by conducting independent research resulting in an approved master’s thesis.

Curriculum Sponsor and ESR Approval Authority

HQMC C4 March 2013.