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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...

SMDC History: GMD arrives in Fort Greely
By Sharon Watkins Lang (SMDC/ARSTRAT Command Historian)
June 23, 2016

2016 has been a year of expansion for missile defense beginning this spring with the deployment of the Aegis Ashore in Romania. More recently the Missile Defense Agency announced the release of draft Environmental Impact Studies for three sites which could become the East Coast location for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. Read More...

1st Space Brigade welcomes new commander
By Dottie K. White (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 22, 2016

Col. Richard L. Zellmann assumed command of the 1st Space Brigade from the outgoing commander, Col. Thomas L. James, during a Change of Command conducted June 21 at Patriot Park here. Read More...

SMDC Astronaut Detachment changes command
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 21, 2016

Not all Army leaders wear stars, sometimes they lead while working among the stars. Read More...

SMDC employee tracks efficiencies, miles traveled
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 21, 2016

An Army civilian enjoys her job and ensures proper procedures are followed while also ensuring she visits places far and wide. Read More...

SMDC headquarters has new commander
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 17, 2016

Change is inevitable in the Army, and for U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Soldiers, change begins at the headquarters. Read More...

SMDC History: Nike-X reentry measurement program
By Sharon Watkins Lang (USASMDC/ARSTRAT command historian)
June 9, 2016

In fiscal year 1965, the Nike-X Project Office was assigned a new mission – the Nike-X Reentry Measurements Program, or RMP. Conducted at the Kwajalein Test Site in the Marshall Islands, the RMP was a joint program involving Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA, Army, Navy and Air Force which sought “to expand the existing knowledge of ballistic reentry phenomena and discrimination criteria.” Read More...

Best Warriors face off for top honors
By Carrie E. David (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 10, 2016

Six of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's top warriors faced off this week to determine who would be the command's Best Warriors. Read More...

National cyber summit comes to Tennessee Valley
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 10, 2016

People from across the nation and around the world descended on the Tennessee Valley in order to learn about cyber security and how to defend against would-be cyber-attacks. Read More...

SMDC, MDA come together for joint ‘Safety Day’
By Jason B. Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT)
June 2, 2016

With summer approaching, two Redstone Arsenal commands focus on the health and safety of their employees. 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.