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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.

For any additional questions or concerns, please contact:


Political Military Affairs Advisor - BIO

James Isbell, PhD
Political Military Affairs Advisor

Dr. James Isbell became the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) Political and Military Advisor in April 2014, following 18 years as a contractor conducting political and military research and analysis in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, State Department, and the Department of the Army. He served in the Army National Guard from 1993 to 1999. He earned his doctorate in 2002 from the University of Alabama.

In 2004, Dr. Isbell was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Reserve Intelligence Program, where he continues to serve. His Navy Reserve assignments include Navy Forces Central Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and two tours in Afghanistan.

Dr. Isbell's military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and Combat Action Badge.


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 develops and provides current and future global space, missile defense, and high altitude forces and capabilities to the Army, the joint force, and our interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational Allies and partners to enable mission command, enhance
deterrence and detection of strategic attacks, and protect U.S. vital interests in all domains.

A diverse, complex, and global command that provides critical capabilities to our Army, U.S. Strategic Command, combatant commands/Army Service Component Commands; in sync with JFCC-IMD... Read More...

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.