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National Security Space Institute

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National Security Space Institute
Institute emblem
Founded28 July 2001; 22 years ago (2001-07-28)
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
RoleMilitary space education
Size2500+ students annually[1]
Part ofSpace Delta 13
HeadquartersPeterson Space Force Base, Colorado, U.S.
CommandantCol Kenneth F. L. Klock
Deputy CommandantMr. James E. Moschgat[2]
Senior enlisted leaderMSgt Lynette Calleiro
NSSI emblem (until 2020)

The National Security Space Institute (NSSI) is a unit in the United States Space Force's Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM). Headquartered at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, it provides space professional military education to the military space professionals in the United States and its allies.[3][4]

NSSI's history can be traced back as far as 2001 when the Air Force Space Operations School was activated on 28 July 2001 under the Space Warfare Center (later redesignated as Space Innovation and Development Center) at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. On 2004, it was redesignated as the National Security Space Institute and realigned under the Air Force Space Command and was subsequently transferred to its current location at Peterson Air Force Base.[5] In 2009, it was realigned under Air Education and Training Command and remained there under various units in its Air University until 2020 when it was transferred to the Space Force to form part of the initial structure of STAR Delta (P).[3][6] In August 2021, STAR Delta (P) was stood up as the USSF's third field command and given the name Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM).

In 2019, it established three new courses: Space 100, Space 200, and Space 300. It also started accepting participation of foreign nationals from coalition partners of the United States, an initiative of former Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson.[7][8] Since 2019, the NSSI has grown from offering three courses to sixteen organized under two colleges: the College of Space Warfare and the College of Professional Development. The institute now serves more than 50 allied and friendly partners from across the globe.


College of Professional Development

  • Introduction to Space
  • Space 100
  • Space 200
  • Space 300
  • Space Executive Course
  • Space Capstone Publication Course[9]
  • Mission Type Orders Course

College of Space Warfare

  • Joint Space Planners Course
  • Joint Integrated Space Team Course
  • Coalition Space
  • Space Intelligence Fundamentals
  • Space Familiarization
  • Fundamentals of Orbital Operations
  • Concepts of Orbital Warfare
  • Fundamental Application of Space Targeting
  • Joint Space Targeting

College of Leadership Development

  • Guardian Orientation Course
  • Squadron Leadership Course
  • Aegis
  • Direct Ascent Course



  • Constituted as United States Air Force Space Operations School on 15 June 2001
Activated on 28 July 2001
Redesignated as National Security Space Institute on 1 October 2004


List of Commandants

  • Lt Col Frank Gallagher, 9 July 2004
  • Col David L. Jones, 22 June 2006
  • Col Robert Gibson, 31 August 2008
  • Col Samuel H. Epperson Jr., 6 January 2011
  • Col James Forand, 24 June 2014[11]
  • Col Richard B. Van Hook, 26 May 2015[10]
  • Col Max E. Lantz, 11 January 2019
  • Col Kenneth F. L. Klock, 21 July 2022[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "National Security Space Institute Redesignates Under Air Force Institute Of Technology". 13 April 2016.
  2. ^ [self-published source]
  3. ^ a b "US Space Force stands up STAR Delta Provisional". United States Space Force. 24 July 2020.
  4. ^ "National Security Space Institute (NSSI)". AcqNotes.
  5. ^ "Officials activate National Security Space Institute". 20 October 2004.
  6. ^ "National Security Space Institute (AFSPC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  7. ^ "Coalition partners graduate space capstone course in NSSI historic first". 14 June 2019.
  8. ^ Insinna, Valerie (19 April 2018). "Air Force looks to ramp up space training, info sharing with allies". Defense News.
  9. ^ "Space Capstone Publication" (PDF). 10 August 2020.
  10. ^ a b "NSSI realigns under the Air Force Institute of Technology effective April 1". Air Force Space Command (Archived).
  11. ^ "NSSI gets new commander". Air Force Space Command (Archived).
  12. ^ "NSSI Change of Command Ceremony".

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