School of Strategic Force Studies

About Us

        The School of Strategic Force Studies includes two continuing education schools, one continuing education department, and one distance learning department responsible for developing Airmen who will thrive in a technologically competitive environment. 6,000 mid-to-senior level students graduate annually in nuclear deterrence strategy, space policy, and cyberspace operations. These 6,000 students are supported by 124 committed faculty and staff. Some of our notable adjunct faculty include Gen Kevin Chilton, Dr. Keith Payne, Lt Gen Ronnie Hawkins, and Lt Gen Noel Jones.
         The Nuclear College, located at Kirtland AFB, NM plays a vital role in developing the Nuclear Enterprise's human capital, consistent with Program Action Directive (PAD) D16-01: Centralized Management of the Nuclear Enterprise. The National Security Space Institute located at Peterson AFB, CO is the Department of Defense's premier space professional continuing education schoolhouse boasting nearly 1,000 graduates annually to include over 200 joint service members. The Department of Cyberspace Professional Continuing Education located at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH is a badge awarding department established as part of the Air Force's "Roadmap for the development of Cyberspace Professionals." The Distance Learning Department is chartered to develop and foster critical thinking on deterrence and assurance. Over 100 students are enrolled in systems engineering or strategic studies at nine partnering universities such as Harvard University's Extension School, Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, and King's College London.