Space Force is launching its first graduate program, and unlike other service branches, it partners with a private university rather than starting from scratch.

In 2023, some Space Force officers, civilians, and other members of the military will join the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, to study for a master’s degree in international public policy.

“We are very pleased to have been selected by the US Space Force for this opportunity and look forward to this partnership,” said James B. Steinberg, Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, in a November 1 press release. “Participants in this program will be full members of our school, working closely with our distinguished faculty, students and contributing to our intellectual community.”

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Historically, branches have offered college training courses for senior officers and Department of Defense civilians at service-run schools, beginning with the founding of the U.S. Naval War College in 1884. But the announcement Space Force with Johns Hopkins marks a departure from that tradition by working with a private university to run its program.

Maj. Gen. Shawn Bratton, head of Space Training and Readiness Command, said in a press release that Guardians will have access to electives in science, technology, engineering and math; expanded laboratory research; and more chances to work with the commercial space sector in the region.

Space Force classes will be held at the new Johns Hopkins campus at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, formerly the Newseum building in the heart of Washington, D.C. The service wanted to have a college program in the nation’s capital so that students and their families would have ” less [permanent change of station] moves, adding family stability, improving quality of life and ensuring a smooth transition to their follow-up assignment,” according to a press release.

Space Force is currently working to transition some Air University faculty at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, to the new Johns Hopkins program in 2023.

“To develop superior space capabilities and provide combat solutions, we must deliberately engage our Guardians to think, act and fight strategically by understanding how they fit into the larger ecosystem of the space community,” said Katharine Kelley, Deputy Chief of Space Operations. for human capital, said in a press release.

When the Space Force was created in 2019, the budget and plans did not call for the creation of its own service academy or war university, unlike the other branches. Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado can learn about the Space Force when they join, then become officers in the new branch of service upon graduation, much like those studying at the ‘US Naval Academy can become Marines.

Earlier this year, the Air Force Academy announced it had its first permanent Space Force teacher. Interest in the new branch of service grew among cadets.

As of 2020, 9% of the student body – 88 cadets – have been commissioned into the Space Force upon graduation.

The following year, the Air Force Academy opened the school’s first Space Force Detachment, allowing cadets to connect with active-duty Guardians to learn more about the service.

In 2021, the percentage of those who became Space Force officers upon graduation rose to 11%, or 115 cadets. The class of 2022 got about 10%, or about 100 cadets, into the Space Force.

— Thomas Novelly can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TomNovelly.

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