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New NC3 courses strengthen the U.S. nuclear enterprise

BOSSIER CITY, La. --

Nuclear command, control, and communication, or NC3, 150, 200 and 300 courses have graduated from the development process into mature products that have been scaled up from Air Force Global Strike Command to support the entire nuclear enterprise.

A collaboration between Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Force NC3 Center, Louisiana Tech Research Institute, and the Cyber Innovation Center enabled the development and maturation of the new NC3 courses.

Over the course of two years, the CIC through its Partnership Intermediary Agreement with AFGSC, facilitated NC3 course development and delivery via 3-day workshops that utilized CIC collaborative environment space, personnel and logistics. A total of 23 workshops were delivered for the three courses from fall 2018 through the summer of 2020.

“The PIA, built on its foundation of technology transfer, transition and innovation, enabled the collaboration between AFNC3C and LTRI.” said Jeff Beene, PIA director. “The PIA provides for testing and incubating of ideas so a mature product can be realized in an efficient way.”

LTRI developed each of the NC3 150, 200 and 300 course curricula through extensive work with the NC3C, subject matter experts, and others to meet AFGSC and Air Education and Training Command requirements.

“One of the LTRI's core goals is to provide the AFGSC with next-door access to a dedicated applied research center and strategic intellectual capital. These courses have allowed LTRI and Louisiana Tech to offer quality course instruction to meet demands at AFGSC and beyond,” said Dr. Sumeet Dua, Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships at Louisiana Tech University.

The results are fully developed, deliverable courses that reach individual Airmen at his or her NC3 experience level, reinforce the importance of their mission, and link it to the larger nuclear enterprise.

Shane Grosso, director of NC3 Education for LTRI, said that the importance of these courses is related to the Air Force’s need for an institutional approach to nuclear deterrence education as developmental and professional continuing education.

He explained that the courses emphasize intellectual leadership and military professionalism in the art and science of warfighting by deepening the knowledge of NC3 history, improving cross-functional interaction, and embracing innovation.

The goal is for graduates to leave as a group of desired, respected nuclear thought leaders that build partnerships, foster integration, and enhance leadership across the join force and with Allies.

“The importance lies within rebuilding nuclear expertise and culture,” Grosso said. “The nuclear enterprise personnel functions vastly differ. Our NC3 courses tie the bigger picture into each functionality and therefore marrying the triad's success directly to NC3.”