Master of Science in Strategy (Space Operations) - Curriculum 696

Program Officer

Christian Richer, CDR, USN

Glasgow Hall Room 334

(831) 656-7753, DSN 756-7753

christian.richer@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Michael Kelly McCoy, LTC, USA

Code 38, Glasgow Hall Room 347

(831) 656-3781, DSN 756-3781

michael.mccoy@nps.edu

Brief Overview

This inter-disciplinary curriculum provides officers with social science expertise in policy and strategy combined with technical knowledge in space science and military space applications. This curriculum is pedagogically innovative, focusing on the Navy’s S&T objectives and on Great Power Competition. The program is available for U.S. military students as well as for international students and U.S. civilians. It is a 4-quarter (12-month) program.

Entry Date

Fall Quarter only

Degree

Master of Science in Strategy (Space Operations)

Subspecialty

Navy P-Codes: 2301

Curriculum Requirements

U.S. Military students (with secret-level or higher clearance only) in curriculum 696 must complete the following:

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3005Great Power Conflict in Modern History

4

0

NS3011Research and Writing for National Security Affairs

4

0

NS3024Introduction to International Relations

4

0

NS4000Great Power Competition: Current Policy and Strategy

0

2

NS4253Seminar on Technology and Strategic Planning

4

0

NS4677Space and International Security

4

0

NS4990Seminar in Strategic Studies

4

0

SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

SS3051Military Applications of DoD and Commercial Space Systems

3

2

SS3400Orbital Mechanics, Launch and Space Operations

4

2

SS3613Military Satellite Communications

3

0

Three electives from courses approved by the sponsor.

Three courses associated with the degree must be at the 4000 level.

Thesis-Related Courses - Required

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS4080Thesis Proposal

0

8

NS0810Thesis Research

0

8

NS0810Thesis Research

0

8

NS0810 must be taken twice.

Four JPME courses taught by the Naval War College satellite program may be added with a 5th quarter

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

NW3275Joint Maritime Operations - part 1

4

0

NW3276Joint Maritime Operations - part 2

2

2

NW3285Theater Security Decision Making

4

0

 

International and US civilian students in curriculum 696 must complete the following:

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS3005Great Power Conflict in Modern History

4

0

NS3011Research and Writing for National Security Affairs

4

0

NS3024Introduction to International Relations

4

0

NS4253Seminar on Technology and Strategic Planning

4

0

NS4677Space and International Security

4

0

NS4990Seminar in Strategic Studies

4

0

SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

SS3400Orbital Mechanics, Launch and Space Operations

4

2

SS3610Space Communications Systems: Fundamentals and Analysis

4

2

PH2514Introduction to the Space Environment

4

0

Three electives from courses approved by the sponsor.

Three courses associated with the degree must be at the 4000 level.

Thesis-Related Courses - Required

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NS4080Thesis Proposal

0

8

NS0810Thesis Research

0

8

NS0810Thesis Research

0

8

NS0810 must be taken twice.
 

Educational Skill Requirements (ESR)

  1. Understand the basic physics of orbital mechanics and the space environment.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to examine the design of orbits and constellations and explain how spacecraft maneuver and transfer to other orbits.
  3. Understand critical space technologies and the military uses of space, as well as the role of commercial space systems.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of military satellite communications, systems design, and applications, including terminal design, telemetry control, and IO/IW implications.
  5. Understand joint space doctrine and the role of space in force enhancement, including for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, missile tracking, launch detection, environmental monitoring, and position, navigation, and timing.
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of international relations.
  7. Understand the history and current dynamics of Great Power Competition and its linkages to U.S. national strategy.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to analyze national security space challenges as affected by international space politics, law, and treaties.
  9. Understand the interaction between technology and strategic planning, as well as adaptation in military organizations.