Combat Systems Capabilities

Course #PC4022

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


An advanced study of the technical capabilities of current acquisition programs within DoD. The course begins with an overview of the Navy acquisition community and the acquisition process. This is followed by weekly presentations by program managers and their technical experts. Overviews of each program are followed by an in-depth analysis of the critical physics and engineering issues, design trade-offs, risk areas, reliability issues, use of simulation and modeling, testing and evaluation rationale, interoperability concerns, software development issues, interfacing issues, etc. Topics of the course are dictated by the availability of program office personnel. Requires a SECRET clearance. Prerequisites: None.

Security clearance: Secret

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 235

Learning Outcomes

·       Understand the reasons why early Navy missile systems failed, what the AEGIS program did to correct them, and apply these lessons.     

·       Explain how operational requirements are identified and translated into combat system capabilities. 

·       List and describe all principle elements of an organic combat system and how they are integrated to complete the kill chain.

·       Describe primary factors associated with the detection of targets in space, atmospheric, and undersea environments.  

·       Be conversant in advanced combat systems principles, concepts and terms with the ability to understand technicians and advise senior officers.

·       Test and employ advanced kinetic and non-kinetic effectors to include missiles, drones, and directed energy systems.

·       Understand architectures, key design features, operation, test and certification of tactical data systems to include Link 11, Link 16 and Cooperative Engagement Capability.

·       Understand globally distributed combat systems of systems to include the Missile Defense System, Joint All Domain Command and Control System, and the Naval Tactical Grid.

·       Apply principles associated with Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy  (DOTMLPF-P) to the development and employment of combat systems.

·       Be competent and confident in the acquisition and employment of advanced naval warfare systems.


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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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