Military Applications of National Space Systems

Course #SS3001

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


Space Systems and technologies of interest to the military. Strategic and tactical imagery and SIGINT requirements. Tasking and use of national space systems and ground support elements. Vulnerability considerations and impact of current R&D programs. Requires TOP SECRET clearance with access to SCI.

Security clearance: TS/SCI

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 273


  • SS3400
  • SS3500
  • PH3052

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of SS3001 students will have the following knowledge and skills/abilities:

  • Knowledge.
    1. Students can describe the roles and responsibilities of organizations within the intelligence community; specifically, each organization’s role in the Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (TCPED) processes.
    2. Students will discuss how defense agencies within the intelligence community execute their mission for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Secretary of Defense (SecDef).
    3. Students can describe how national systems apply the physics of remote sensing.
    4. Students can describe the physics behind geolocation.
    5. Students can list and describe the products provided by national systems.
    6. Students can list the national systems and their general capabilities by payload and orbit.
    7. Students can list and describe the various intelligence disciplines derived from space systems.
    8. Students can describe the national systems architecture, the organizations within it, and how the components of the architecture support mission accomplishment.
  • Skills/Abilities.
    1. Students can visualize the orbits of and capabilities provided by national systems.
    2. Students can calculate the geolocation accuracy derived from passive remote sensing systems.
    3. Students can analyze the national systems architecture for defensive space operations.
    4. Students can leverage and operate NRO tools to support military operations.
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

  •  18 Dec 2023 – 05 Jan 2024

    Winter break

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