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Kirk Johnson

Kirk Johnson

Senior Lecturer


Colonel Kirk W. Johnson, US Space Force, is Commandant of Detachment 3, Space Delta 13, in Washington, DC. Embedded in the campus of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, Detachment 3 is the home for Space Force officer Professional Military Education. The 20 faculty and staff members of Detachment 3 teach and support up to 85 students in the Schriever Space Scholars and West Space Scholars programs, providing Intermediate- and Senior-Level Education, respectively.

Col Johnson graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2000, and holds graduate degrees from the Air Force Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University. He has served as a Minuteman III combat crew commander and instructor, a developmental engineer in the fields of scientific and technical intelligence and ballistic missile defense, and an educator with research specialties in astrodynamics, satellite formation flying, rendezvous and proximity operations, and cislunar space architectures. He has deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as a Foreign Military Sales case officer in the Office of Security Cooperation - Iraq, and to Kabul, Afghanistan, on the staff of the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan.

Prior to his current assignment, Col Johnson was Director of the Dr. Gladys B. West Space Seminar and Assistant Professor of Space Strategic Studies at the Air War College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.



  • Orbital Warfare
  • Satellite Servicing
  • National Security Considerations In Cislunar Space