SP300 – International Space Capabilities 1 (International Use of Space)

1-5 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for ISR University/Global Space University Participants Only

Space 300 is the beginning of a career-long pursuit for space professionals to develop the global perspective necessary to provide innovative solutions to the Coalition & Joint Communities. The 2018 US National Security Strategy identifies three main sets of challengers to global security – the revisionist powers of China and Russia, the rogue states of Iran and North Korea, and transnational threat organizations. Simultaneously, the rapidly expanding commercial space industry provides low-cost space capabilities and options for nations and actors across the globe to enter a previously inaccessible domain. This course introduces the student to the who, what, and why regarding China, Russia, and commercial space programs. By examining the national objectives of both countries, their current and developing space-based capabilities, and commercial space endeavors, graduates of this course will have a firm understanding of the challenges and opportunities these doctrinally based capabilities pose to western allied interests. This course examines the following Chinese, Russian, and commercial industry space capabilities: National Objectives, Doctrine, and Organization; Space Lift; Space Domain Awareness (SDA); Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR); Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT); Satellite Communications (SATCOM); and Nuclear Detection (NUDET), Environmental Monitoring (EM), Missile Warning (MW), and Missile Defense.

For more information on ISR University: https://isruniversity.com/

For more information on GSU: https://globalspaceuniversity.org/

Course Details

Number of Units: 5.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Commercial/Industry Space professionals, US Military & allied partners.

Directions to Enrolled Participants for University Credit: Submit your Certificate of Completion by email to [email protected] after enrolling for credit and completing the course.

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or equivalent & Some College or bachelor’s degree; SP100, and SP200

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What You Will Learn

  • Describe the capabilities, limitations, and vulnerabilities of international space capabilities
  • Describe the effect of international space capabilities on the operational environment
  • Understand how space power supports larger national objectives
  • Identify International space-based and terrestrial space support systems
  • Understand the evolution of commercial space and the potential impact to national security
  • Evaluate an international nation’s ability to meet their desired national and/or national security space objectives by 2030
  • Forecast future commercial space capabilities and roles in 2030


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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