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SMDC History: On Orbit - Registration Required
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
September 15, 2016

Following the collision in February 2009 of an Iridium satellite and a non-functioning Russian satellite, NASA published an image which illustrates the number of man-made products that must be tracked. Read More...

Groundbased Midcourse Defense – The Ultimate Smart Weapon
By U.S. Army
September 13, 2016

It is the largest, fastest, and most intelligent projectile available to the US Army. Despite this you probably never heard of it nor the Army National Guard Soldiers who “pull the lanyard.” Read More...

Program keeps SMDC team ready and resilient
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 13, 2016

Soldiers, civilians and family members battle with many challenges, and the Army is making efforts to help them stay strong in the face of these encounters. Read More...

Team Redstone to kick off CFC
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 13, 2016

Over the next few weeks, members of the Tennessee Valley will soon have an opportunity to make a difference that can last a lifetime. Read More...

SMDC chaplain serves spiritual needs of command
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
September 9, 2016

From Alabama to Alaska and from Japan to Germany, the sun never sets on one chaplain’s mission to serve a global command. Read More...

Army scientists collaborate, share research
By David McNally (Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs)
September 9, 2016

Officials from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command began two-days of meetings and briefings at the Army Research Laboratory. Read More...

Meet your Army: Chief trains Soldiers to detect missiles
By David Vergun (Army News Service)
September 5, 2016

If an adversary launches a missile, the U.S. Army's 1st Space Battalion will detect it within seconds, according to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Manuel Marrero. Read More...

SMDC History: Missile defense following the Bottom-Up Review
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
September 1, 2016

To address these and other issues, in March 1993 Secretary of Defense Les Aspin called for a comprehensive Bottom-Up Review, or BUR, of the nation's strategies and plans, the composition of the defense forces and their equipment capabilities. Read More...

Senior executive women give perspectives
August 31, 2016

Since women were granted the right to vote in 1920, they have continued to make significant efforts toward full equality, particularly in the workforce. Read More...

Broncos and USAA team up for NFL boot camp experience
By Dottie K. White (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 29, 2016

About 50 military members, from different branches, got a taste of the NFL as the Broncos and USAA teamed up for an NFL Boot Camp experience August 25 at the Denver Bronco's University of Colorado Health Training Center Fieldhouse in Englewood, Colorado. Read More...

G6 employees come together for space-related team-building event
By Dottie K. White (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 24, 2016

About 80 members from U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command G6 met for a team-building event August 22 at the Space Foundation Discovery Center here. Read More...

53rd Signal Battalion NCO wins MDW Best Warrior
By Dottie K. White (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 24, 2016

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's 2016 Noncommissioned Officer Best Warrior has won the next level on his way to the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition. Read More...

SMDC deputy to the commander gives technology update at SMD Symposium
By Dottie K. White (USASMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 19, 2016

The deputy to the commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, moderated the Space and Missile Defense Technology Development Panel at the 19th SMD Symposium Aug. 18 at the Von Braun Center. Read More...

SMDC History: Project Corona: America's first photo reconnaissance satellite
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAST Command Historian)
August 18, 2016

In February 1995, President William Clinton signed an executive order declassifying early satellite imagery. The release of more than 860,000 photos, taken between 1960 and 1972, has helped scientists explore ancient habitation sites and track environmental changes. It also provided an insight into the early Cold War. Read More...

NORTHCOM leader talks about partnerships at SMD Symposium
By Dottie K. White (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 17, 2016

Relationships and trusted partnerships are critical for the success of the U.S. ground-based midcourse defense mission, said the deputy director of Operations for the U.S. Northern Command at the 19th Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center, Aug. 17. Read More...

USSTRATCOM commander discusses strategic deterrence at SMD Symposium
By Dottie K. White (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 17, 2016

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said during the 19th Space and Missile Defense Symposium that his number one priority is to deter strategic attacks against the United States and provide assurance to U.S. allies. Read More...

CDID director discusses state of integrated air and missile defense during SMD Symposium
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 16, 2016

A U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leader discussed air and missile defense modernization efforts to address evolving threat capabilities at the 19th Space and Missile Defense Symposium. Read More...

FA40 Forum sharpens space operations officers' skills
By Dottie K. White (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 15, 2016

About a third of the Army's space operations officers convened in Colorado to train and share ideas during the Functional Area 40, or FA40, Training Forum here, Aug. 8-12. Read More...

Company’s top NCO leads from the front
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 15, 2016

From the first time a Soldier checks into his unit to the first time he deploys, the first leader he looks to is his first sergeant. Read More...

DoD tech development leaders visit Army island installation
By Nikki Maxwell (US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll)
August 13, 2016

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental test and Evaluation, and Director of the Test Resource Management Center, Dr. David Brown, made his first trip to U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA), in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, July 27. Accompanying him were Bruce Bailey, deputy director, Test and Evaluation Range Oversight, Test Resource Management Center, and William Colson, director of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Strategic Command. Read More...

Japanese officers receive BMD training
August 10, 2016

U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, provided joint ballistic missile defense training to five Japanese joint staff officers from July 26 through Aug. 2 here. Read More...

Army, AF integrate first ever space aggressor soldier in RF-A 16-3
By Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
August 9, 2016

Finding a camouflaged enemy to “find, fix and finish,” can be difficult even in the best conditions. Add in the element of 14,000-foot peaks, dense vegetation and a 67,000 square-mile battlefield, it takes a trained warrior to pick out the needle in this haystack. Read More...

New officer plans for current, future operations at SMDC
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
August 5, 2016

When a new operations officer takes over, the style may change but all things necessary to operate and accomplish the mission continues. Read More...

Observance focuses on operations security
By Kari Hawkins (AMCOM)
July 28, 2016

Operations Security is not a lone wolf enterprise.

SMDC History: HASC gives go-ahead for HELSTF site selection
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
August 4, 2016

In 1974, Congress directed the Department of Defense, or DoD, to establish a national, tri-service high energy laser facility. This new facility would consolidate equipment and laser research conducted at various government and contractor facilities. Read More...

SMDC commanding general prepares for next chapter
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
July 28, 2016

As he prepares for the next chapter in life, the sun will soon set on one Soldier’s career. Read More...

MDA Opens Missile Defense System Data Terminal at Fort Drum
By MDA Public Affairs
July 28, 2016

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, along with the U.S. Army, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at Fort Drum, New York, for the In-Flight Interceptor Communications System (IFICS) data terminal. Read More...

SMDC History: Arctic vs. Cold Regions; A glimpse into Fort Greely history
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
July 21, 2016

Like the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Fort Greely, Alaska and the Cold Regions Test Center have undergone a number of name changes. Read More...

Team Redstone member earns honorary title
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
July 15, 2016

After taking off the uniform, a Team Redstone member still accepts the role of mentoring Soldiers. Read More...

Army Space Support Team participates in Exercise Anakonda
By Dottie White (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 30, 2016

An Army Space Support Team from the 2nd Space Company, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, participated in Exercise Anakonda 2016 which took place in Poland June 7-17. Read More...

Couple reunites Japanese World War II veteran with flag lost for 70 years
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 29, 2016

A family shows ultimate respect to a once bitter enemy by returning a flag that had been lost more for more than 70 years. Read More...

Safety Gram 16-14 Hearing Loss is a Lonely Disability
By U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
July 6, 2016

You need sound to understand the world around you and to communicate with other people. Read More...

SMDC History: JROC approves Mission Needs Statement
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
July 7, 2016

In April 2016, the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of a tactical laser in a series of at the Maneuver Fires Integration Experiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Read More...

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.