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Welcome to U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC / ARSTRAT) New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (NST) and Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INFT) Implementing Agent (IA) Website
This website provides U.S. Army personnel with relevant arms control information as well as, policy, implementation, and compliance guidance to help ensure the Army continues to comply with all U.S. international obligations.

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Political Military Affairs Advisor - BIO

John Fairlamb, PhD
Political Military Affairs Advisor

Dr. Fairlamb became the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) Political Military Affairs Advisor on April 1, 2005, following an extended detail to the Office of Compact Negotiations in the U.S. Department of State where he participated in negotiations to amend the Compact Agreements with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. Born in Meadville, Pa., Dr. Fairlamb earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Citadel (1969), a master’s in West European Area Studies (1977), and a doctorate in International Relations (1981) from the University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Army War College and the Army Ranger School.

Following Commissioning as a Regular Army Infantry Officer, Dr. Fairlamb served in a mechanized infantry battalion in Germany before deploying to Vietnam where he commanded a company (1971-72). In 1973, Dr. Fairlamb was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division where he served as a rifle company commander and aide-de-camp to the division commander. Following selection as an Army Foreign Area Officer and two years of post-graduate work, he was assigned in the Social Sciences Department at West Point where he taught courses in International Relations and American Foreign and National Security Policy (1979-82).

In other assignments, Dr. Fairlamb served as the executive assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, SHAPE, Belgium, on the Army Staff in the Strategy and Policy Division, in the Department of State in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and as the deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for Burden sharing, and as the United States Defense and Army Attaché in Belgium/Luxemburg (1992-96) and Austria (1996-1999). Dr. Fairlamb retired from active duty in 1999 at the rank of colonel.

Dr. Fairlamb’s military decorations include the Bronze Star, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Belgian Military Cross, 2nd Class, and Belgian Para commando Wings.


Relevant Treaties & Agreements

New START Treaty

New START Treaty Protocol

Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty

1988 Ballistic Missile Launch Notification Agreement

1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements related to operations in space

Open Skies



NST and Telemetry

Ballistic Missile Defense and NST

Comparison of the START Treaty, Moscow Treaty, and New START Treaty

Conventional Prompt Global Strike

U.S. National Space Policy

NST and Bilateral Consultative Commission


Information Papers and Briefings

New START Treaty (NST) Impacts on Army Activities

NST Overview Briefing

Camp Navajo

INF Treaty Overview Briefing

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Briefing

Historical Background: The Former START Treaty and Impact on the Army


Useful Links

U.S. State Department Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation (VCI)


Mission, Vision & Goal

USASMDC/ARSTRAT conducts space and missile defense operations and provides planning, integration, control and coordination of Army forces and capabilities in support of U.S. Strategic Command missions (strategic deterrence, integrated missile defense, and space operations); serves as the Army force modernization proponent for space, high altitude and global missile defense; serves as the Army operational integrator for global missile defense; and conducts mission-related research and development in support of Army Title 10 responsibilities.

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Command Goal
To provide dominant space and missile defense capabilities for the Army and to plan for and integrate those capabilities in support of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCC) missions.