National Security Space Institute


National Security Space Institute
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Founded28 July 2001; 20 years ago (2001-07-28)
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
RoleMilitary space education
Size800 students annually[1]
Part ofSpace Delta 13
HeadquartersPeterson Space Force Base, Colorado, U.S.
CommandantCol Max E. Lantz II
Deputy CommandantJames Moschgat[2]
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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 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]



  • 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

  • Col Samuel Epperson Jr.
  • Col James Forand, 24 June 2014[10]
  • Col Richard B. Van Hook, ~2016[9]
  • Col Max E. Lantz, January 2019

See also


  1. ^ a b "National Security Space Institute Redesignates Under Air Force Institute Of Technology". 13 April 2016.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "US Space Force stands up STAR Delta Provisional". United States Space Force.
  4. ^ "National Security Space Institute (NSSI)". AcqNotes.
  5. ^ "Officials activate National Security Space Institute".
  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. ^ a b "NSSI realigns under the Air Force Institute of Technology effective April 1". Air Force Space Command (Archived).
  10. ^ "NSSI gets new commander". Air Force Space Command (Archived).

External links

  • National Security Space Institute on Facebook