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Date Signed: 7/11/2018
MARADMINS Number: 384/18

R 111405Z JUL 18
REF/A/DOC/SECDEF U17370/01/18OCT2001//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. The purpose of this MARADMIN is to solicit nominees to attend FY19 basic and advanced space operations courses.  The National Security Space Institute courses include Space 200 and Space 300.  Space 200 is a four-week academic course designed to provide training for mid-grade officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel in order to gain knowledge and develop skills required to apply space capabilities to combat operations.  Space 200 is the primary training for the FMOS 0540 (Space Operations Staff Officer) billets. Space 300 is a three-week academic course designed to provide training for mid- to senior-grade officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel.  ASOPS courses are designed to provide advanced training in a specific field and are open to multiple specialties.
2. Background: DOD implemented a space professional strategy in order to grow and maintain cognizance and expertise in the space domain.  IAW REF A, the Marine Corps maintains a cadre of space professionals to support Marine Corps equities in space and to ensure that space-based capabilities are leveraged to the maximum extent possible during MAGTF expeditionary operations.  HQMC PPO(PLI) provides information on space training opportunities and serves as a liaison to NSSI and ASOPS for attendance at these courses. The complexity of current operations and the increasing importance of space-based capabilities (friendly, neutral, and adversary, military and commercial) have created a corresponding demand for a cadre of formally trained personnel within the Marine Corps in both the operating forces and supporting establishment.  Over 60 billets throughout the Marine Corps are identified in TFSMS where Marines with the MOS 0540 are desirable, to include billets at the MEF and MEU Command Elements, Division Headquarters, and MAW Headquarters.  A current list of billets can be found at the USMC Space Cadre milSuite site:  https:(slash)(slash)www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/usmc-space-cadre.
3.  Course Description:
3.A.  Name:  NSSI Space 200 and Space 300
3.A.1.  Space 200:  Marines selected to attend Space 200 will analyze the impact of space mission areas in support of joint and coalition operations and analyze the impact of offensive and defensive space control capabilities on joint and coalition forces.  Topics include principles of systems engineering fundamentals, operational risk assessment, economic, political, and military impacts, competing space and counterspace capabilities, position, navigation, and timing (PNT), navigation warfare, use of the GPS Interference and Navigation Tool (GIANT), adversary intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, missile warning, and space and cyberspace threats.
3.A.2.  Space 300:  Marines selected to attend Space 300 will analyze National and DOD space-related acquisitions, policy, strategy, doctrine, and international and domestic law while considering space power contributions to national security. Topics include space law, space policy, geopolitical foundations, space doctrine, and integration of space into operational scenarios.
3.A.3:  Additional course information can be found on the NSSI website: https:(slash)(slash)www.afit.edu/nssi.
3.B.  Name: ASOPS Navigation Operations (NAVOPS), Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Space Control Electronic Warfare (SCEW), and Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR).  Marines selected to attend these advanced courses at ASOPS will expand space system understanding by receiving in-depth instruction of space systems, capabilities, requirements, acquisition, strategies and policies to support joint military operations and US national security.
3.C.  Location:  Colorado Springs, Colorado
3.D.  Duration:  Space 200 is four weeks (18 training days).  Space 300 is three weeks (15 training days).  ASOPS courses are generally two weeks (10 training days).
3.E.  Available course numbers and dates (read in four columns):
Course Number Check in Date  Check Out Date  Available Seats
SP200-19A     2 Oct 18       26 Oct 18       1
SP200-19B     16 Oct 18      8 Nov 18        2
SP200-19C     8 Jan 19       1 Feb 19        2
SP200-19D     23 Jan 19      15 Feb 19       2
SP200-19E     5 Feb 19       1 Mar 19        2
SP200-19F     20 Feb 19      15 Mar 19       2
SP200-19G     5 Mar 19       28 Apr 19       1
SP200-19H     19 Mar 19      11 Apr 19       2
SP200-19I     2 Apr 19       25 Apr 19       2
SP200-19J     16 Apr 19      9 May 19        2
SP200-19K     30 Apr 19      23 May 19       2
SP200-19L     14 May 19      7 Jun 19        2
SP200-19M     29 May 19      21 Jun 19       2
SP200-19N     5 Jun 19       28 Jun 19       2
SP200-19O     16 Jul 19      8 Aug 19        1
SP200-19P     30 Jul 19      22 Aug 19       1
SP200-19Q     13 Aug 19      6 Sep 19        2
SP200-19R     27 Aug 19      20 Sep 19       2
SPACE 300:
Course Number Check in Date  Check Out Date  Available Seats
SP300-19D     3 Jan 19      24 Jan 19       1
SP300-19F     25 Feb 19      15 Mar 19       1
SP300-19H     22 Apr 19      10 May 19       1
SP300-19J     8 Jul 19      26 Jul 19       1
SP300-19K     5 Aug 19      23 Aug 19       1
Travel dates are one day before and after check in and out dates.
Class dates and additional information is located at https:(slash)(slash)halfway.peterson.af.mil/asops/ceset/asops/.  Contact MARADMIN POC1 for ASOPS registration information.
3.F.  Funding: For eligible officers in a designated MOS 0540 billet, TAD funding (travel, MIE, and lodging) is provided by TECOM for Space 200.  For Marines not in a designated MOS 0540 billet and for Space 300 and all ASOPS courses, all TAD (MIE and lodging) and travel costs must be approved by the students commander and funded by the students parent organization.  There is no registration fee to attend the courses.  Applications will include a statement that the students command is aware of the TAD funding requirement, HQMC PPO(PLI) will not guarantee funding.
4.  Course Prerequisites:
4.A.  Rank:  Active or reserve officers, enlisted, or civilians, preferably with 8-10 years time in service for Space 200 and 10-15 years time in service for Space 300 and ASOPS.
4.B.  MOS:  These courses are open to any MOS. For Space 200 and 300, preference will be given to personnel in billets identified with the FMOS 0540 or 8866 designation or billets, specifically within the MEF and MIGs, and MOSs dealing with space systems and applications to operational planning. For the ASOPS courses, preference will be given to personnel in billets tied directly to the course requested regardless of previous space-related training or education.
4.C.  Experience:  Preference will be given to personnel who have served in or are currently serving in a space-related billet.
4.D.  Education:  There are no unique educational prerequisites for Space 200. Undergraduate or advanced degrees in science or space-related fields may be of benefit to the prospective student and should be annotated in the application. In order to attend Space 300, the student must have completed Space 200 or a related graduate degree.
4.E.  Security Clearance:  A Secret clearance is required for Space 200. A Top Secret clearance with access to SCI is required for Space 300 or ASOPS. These requirements cannot be waived. Parent commands must be prepared to read selected students into SCI before course begins.
5.  Application Procedures:
5.A.  For Marines at I, II, or III MEF, contact the MEF Space Operations Officers for registration procedures.  Applications received without appropriate endorsement will be returned.
I MEF: Maj James Connolly, james.p.connolly(at)usmc.mil, 760-725-9267.
II MEF: Maj Robert Manuel, robert.manuel(at)usmc.mil, 910-451-8860.
III MEF: Capt Nick Koeppen, nicholas.koeppen(at)usmc.mil, 315-622-3647.
5.B. For all other Marines, applications will be submitted via AA Form (NAVMC 10274) to HQMC PPO(PLI).  Required supporting documentation will be submitted as enclosures.
5.C. Specific Instruction for application:
5.C.1. Block 6. I, II, or III MEF Space Operations Officer (as appropriate).
                ATTN: PLI (J. HOEHN)
                3000 MARINE CORPS PENTAGON
                WASHINGTON, DC 20350-3000
5.C.3.  Block 8. Request to attend NSSI or ASOPS and Course Name.
5.C.4.  Block 11. Include the following documents:
5.C.4.A.  Endorsement from commander or equivalent (required).
5.C.4.B.  If applicable, endorsement from appropriate MEF Space Operations Officer.
5.C.4.C.  If applicable, copies of graduation certificates for completed space operations or related courses.
5.C.4.D.  If applicable, any additional documentation substantiating space operations experience.
5.C.5.  Block 12.
5.C.5.A.  Course date and number.  If there is no preference, please state.  If multiple dates/courses are acceptable, provide course numbers and dates in order of preference.
5.C.5.B.  Security clearance and date adjudicated.
5.C.5.C.  Work phone number (Commercial and DSN) and email address.
5.C.5.D.  Statement indicating parent command is aware of the costs incurred (TAD only, there is no registration fee for course attendance).
5.C.5.E.  Current billet title.
5.C.5.F.  Time left on current contract.
5.C.5.G.  If applicable, Billet Name and Identification Code for Marines filling billets with MOS 0540 as an additional skill designator.
5.C.5.H.  If applicable, billet title and description of duties where space operations experience was gained.  Ensure description remains unclassified.
5.D.  All applications are due to PPO(PLI) by 24 August 2018.  PLI will assign course dates based on priority established by PPO in consultation with MEF Space Operations Officers and student preferences.  Personnel selected will be notified via email or phone.  Completed applications should be scanned and emailed to the appropriate MEF POC or PPO(PLI).  Applications can be mailed to address in Block 7.  All applications must include appropriate Commander and MEF Space Operations Officer endorsement and acknowledgement that funding will not be guaranteed.  Encrypted email will be used for the transmittal of any personally identifiable information or other sensitive information.
6.  This MARADMIN is applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
7.  Release authorized by GS15 Jeffrey L. DeWeese, Acting Director, Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.//