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SMDC History: Defense Communications Agency established
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Historical Office)
May 10, 2016

On May 12, 1960, Secretary of Defense Thomas Gates established the Defense Communications Agency, or DCA, part multi-year initiative to create a centralized organization to “create an integrated telecommunications system that will economically, efficiently and effectively satisfy national defense requirements.” Read More...

Safety Gram 16-12 Stay Safe on Your Feet
By U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
May 10, 2016

How to avoid slips, trips and falls. Read More...

AcqDemo coming to SMDC
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
May 10, 2016

Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command civilian employees will transition to the Department of Defense pay system, Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration project, by summer. Read More...

SMDC hosts Military Spouse Appreciation Day
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
May 10, 2016

Leaders from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command took a few moments to show their appreciation for military spouses throughout the command military spouse appreciation. Read More...

HELMTT fires away during MFIX 2016
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
May 5, 2016

Not so long ago in a state far, far away, members of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command demonstrated the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck, or HELMTT, and the effectiveness of its laser during the 2016 Maneuver Fires Integration Experiment, or MFIX, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Read More...

Leaders learn how to be ScreamFree
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
May 5, 2016

Members of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command recently learned to lead more and scream less. Read More...

SMDC protocol officer retires
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
May 2, 2016

Pamela Mitchell, USASMDC/ARSTRAT protocol officer, retired among family and friends April 29 at the command's Redstone Arsenal headquarters. Read More...

SMDC G-8 retires
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
May 2, 2016

Col. Michael Cook, USASMDC/ARSTRAT deputy chief of staff G-8, retired among family and friends at the command's Redstone Arsenal headquarters April 29. Read More...

Farewells mark Cinco de Mayo event
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
May 1, 2016

More than one farewell occurred during the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Survivor Outreach Services Cinco de Mayo event April 30. Read More...

SMDC team brings children to work
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 29, 2016

More than one farewell occurred during the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Survivor Outreach Services Cinco de Mayo event April 30. Read More...

SMDC History: First Zeus launched From underground cell
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Historical Office)
April 28, 2016

The Nike-Zeus represents the next generation of the Nike family of missiles. The Nike-Ajax was developed to defend against bomber attacks. Its successor the larger and more powerful Nike-Hercules was created to tackle the potential of a massed bomber attack. The next generation, the Nike-Zeus, sought to address a new problem. It was the first system developed to intercept ballistic missiles, specifically intercontinental ballistic missiles. Read More...

SMDC welcomes Cyber Integration director
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 25, 2016

A cyber cell has been established at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command to coordinate, prioritize, and synchronize cyber efforts and cyber operations across the command. Read More...

NIMBLE TITAN provides multi-national cooperation for missile defense
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 25, 2016

Twenty-four participant nations and organizations joined forces Feb. 1-5 to plan policy and military responses to wargame scenarios involving mock air and missile threats from fictitious countries 10 years in the future. Read More...

Competitors selected for command-level event
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 21, 2016

The European region of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's Best Warrior Competition is complete and the winners will now prepare to battle for the honor to move forward as the command's top noncommissioned officer and Soldier. Read More...

AUSA SMDC leadership speaks at AUSA missile symposium
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 21, 2016

Key U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leaders participated in the Association of the U.S. Army’s 17th annual Missile Systems Symposium in the North Hall of Huntsville’s Von Braun Center April 19. Read More...

Space Symposium panel discusses space and international partnerships
By Dottie K. White (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 18, 2016

Attendees of the 32nd Space Symposium gathered at the Broadmoor here to listen to an international panel of senior leaders April 14. Read More...

SMDC History: WGS-1 activated
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
April 11, 2016

After six months of testing, the first Wideband Gapfiller Satellite, later renamed Wideband Global Satellite, or WGS-1 was successfully activated. Read More...

Safety Gram 16-10 Review Your Driving Habits
April 6, 2016

Every driver needs to make an occasional review of defensive driving habits. Read More...

ScreamFree workshops offered to SMDC employees
By Dottie K. White (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 5, 2016

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command will host ScreamFree workshops on leadership and marriage here as well as Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Read More...

MPs Take Part in Ghost 2016
By CPT Ronald Bailey (100th Missile Defense Brigade)
April 4, 2016

Alaska Army National Guard military police take a few days away from their critical site security mission to validate their Soldier leadership skills during Operation Ghost, March 8-11. Read More...

SMDC names its Civilians of the Year
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 1, 2016

Three employees have been named Civilians of the Year as they strive to be the best at supporting those defending the high ground. Read More...

SMDC engineer looks to improve future of space
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
April 1, 2016

One U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command team member started out SMART and kept looking to better himself and the command. Read More...

SMDC History: Disaster Relief and Partnership for Peace
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
March 31, 2016

With the end of the Cold War and the Warsaw Pact there was an opportunity in Europe to improve relations between the Western and Eastern European nations. Beginning in 1990, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, had presented various initiatives to “[extend] a hand of friendship and (propose) cooperation to the former Warsaw Pact nations of Central and Eastern Europe.” Among these was the Partnership for Peace, or PfP, program, initially proposed in January 1994 during the NATO Brussels Summit. Read More...

SMDC’s Best Warriors face off for regional competitions
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 30, 2016

The battle began last week for the regional winners who will face off in the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s Best Warrior Competition in June. Read More...

Huntsville Vet Center recognizes Vietnam Veterans’ service, sacrifice
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 28, 2016

Residents from across North Alabama gave Vietnam Veterans a long-overdue “Welcome Home” and thanked them for their service. Read More...

SMDC Safety: Be Ready to Handle a Chemical Emergency
By U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
March 28, 2016

A chemical spill or exposure is a serious emergency. The effects may not be immediately apparent, but chemical contact can cause severe burns, blindness, poisoning, fire and other possible lethal effects. Read More...

SGS office member helps SMDC run smoothly
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 28, 2016

When promotions need approving or leadership signs off on decisions, the command depends on its SGS staff to make things run smoothly. Read More...

SMDC realigns to better support missions
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 18, 2016

Leadership recently announced changes to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's senior executive service structure to better align with the command's increasing space and missile defense missions and functions. Read More...

Mann addresses AUSA symposium
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 17, 2016

The leader of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command explained how the command is the Army’s premier force provider and executor of global missile defense and space operations during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition March 16. Read More...

SMDC History: I-PAWS
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Historical Office)
March 17, 2016

Not to be confused with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Integrated Public Alert Warning System developed in response to the 2006 Executive Order 13407, the Army’s Integrated Pager Alert Warning System or I-PAWS dates back to the early 1990s. Read More...

SMDC connects with industry during APBI
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 17, 2016

A U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leader shared projected requirements for the command during Redstone Arsenal's Advance Planning Briefing for Industry March 9. Read More...

Huntsville supports servicemembers during Military Appreciation Night
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 15, 2016

More than 6,000 screaming fans showed their support for local service members, veterans and military spouses during a night honoring America’s men and women in uniform. Read More...

SMDC officer retires
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 14, 2016

Lt. Col. Dillard W. "Wes" Young, Space Superiority team chief for the Future Warfare Center's Capability Development Integration Directorate, retired March 11 at the Von Braun III auditorium. Young previously served the command as the secretary general staff before in current position. Read More...

SMDC unit commander gains new perspective
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
March 7, 2016

One Soldier keeps the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command team together no matter where, when or how. Read More...

SMDC History: GMD manning model approved
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
March 3, 2016

On March 3, 2006, Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey approved a Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) manning model. This multi component unit is led by dual status Army National Guard commanders who serve on active duty while retaining their duties and responsibilities under their respective state National Guard. Read More...


Mission, Vision & Goal

Mission
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.?

Vision
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.

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