Master of Science in Strategy (Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications) - Curriculum 695

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 expertise in nuclear strategy and international security combined with technical knowledge in nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3). This curriculum is pedagogically innovative, focusing on the Navy’s S&T objectives and on Great Power Competition. The program is for U.S. military students with Secret-level or higher clearance only. It is a 4-quarter (12-month) program.

Entry Date

Fall Quarter or Spring Quarter

Degree

Master of Science in Strategy (Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications)

Subspecialty

Navy P-Codes: 2301

Curriculum Requirements

 

Students in curriculum 695 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

NS3280Nuclear Weapons and National Strategies

4

0

NS4000Great Power Competition: Current Policy and Strategy

0

2

NS4253Seminar on Technology and Strategic Planning

4

0

NS4990Seminar in Strategic Studies

4

0

SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

SS3613Military Satellite Communications

3

0

SS3740/AE3740Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Systems - Part I

3

0

SS3741/AE3741Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Systems - Part II

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 maybe 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

Educational Skill Requirements (ESR)

  1. Understand the critical technical systems involved in the U.S. NC3 system.
  2. Understand the factors involved in the operation of highly reliable systems, including methods used to protect and secure these systems in extremely adverse environments.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the state of nuclear weapons worldwide and an ability to understand and examine potential vulnerabilities.
  4. Understand the basic physics of orbital mechanics and the space environment as they relate to national systems involved in NC3.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to examine the design of orbits and constellations and explain how spacecraft maneuver and transfer to other orbits in support of NC3 missions.
  6. Understand the history of NC3 technologies and the political, strategic, and budgetary factors that have affected their development over time.
  7. Demonstrate a knowledge of nuclear strategy in both historical and comparative (international) contexts.
  8. Demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of international relations.
  9. Understand the history and current dynamics of Great Power Competition and its linkages to U.S. national strategy.
  10. Understand the interaction between technology and strategic planning, as well as adaptation in military organizations, as related to nuclear weapons.
  11. Demonstrate a knowledge of future challenges to the U.S. NC3 system from the perspective of emerging technical and geo-strategic threats.