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News | Sept. 14, 2022

USSPACECOM launches Academic Engagement Enterprise

By Staff Report U.S. Space Command

Gen. James Dickinson, U.S. Space Command commander, announced the establishment of the USSPACECOM Academic Engagement Enterprise (AEE) during an Academic Fair held at the U.S. Military Academy West Point, New York, Sept. 13-14.

The AEE is a cooperative pilot program promoting collaboration between USSSPACECOM and institutions of higher learning across the country. The program’s intent is to enhance the relationship between the space and academic enterprises.

“Academia is a force-multiplier and solution provider, enhancing the military’s warfighting capability,” Dickinson said. “We will solve our greatest challenges the same way we approach space operations, as partners. Accordingly, USSPACECOM will not go it alone.”

The Academic Engagement Enterprise has four strategic goals:
  • Grow the capabilities of our future workforce.
  • Increase space-applied research that enhances our collective understanding of the space environment to then spur innovation that refines our space operations. 
  • Partner with academic organizations to improve access to space studies and extend an understanding of space to a much larger audience.
  • Facilitate a more globally-diverse dialogue about space to better represent the shared interests of all nations committed to the responsible uses of space.
“We aim to inspire diverse groups of students to pursue space education, research, and careers throughout the space enterprise,” said U.S. Space Force Col. Douglas Drake, USSPACECOM Training and Education Division Chief. “USSPACECOM will consistently recruit and hire the most qualified personnel to fill our ranks and ensure mission success in the execution of our national strategic and defense strategy responsibilities.”

The new AEE website will serve as a storefront for academia to connect with and learn more about the enterprise.

For more information about the AEE, go to Academic Engagement Enterprise (