The SMDC/ARSTRAT is built upon a lengthy history of achievement in space and missile defense. Since 1957, when the Army created the first program office for ballistic missile defense, the command has dedicated itself to missile defense research, development and deployment. In December 1962, the command made history with the first successful intercept of an ICBM reentry vehicle with the Nike-Zeus. History was repeated in the 1980s with a new non-nuclear technology. The kinetic energy concept of “hitting a bullet with a bullet” was first proven in June 1984 with the intercept of an ICBM warhead in the Homing Overlay Experiment. In 1987, the Flexible Lightweight Agile Guided Experiment confirmed the concept against shorter-range tactical missiles. Nearly a decade later, the command demonstrated the missile defense applications of directed energy systems. In February 1996, the Mid Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser destroyed a short-range rocket in flight.
The mission of the Historical Office is to provide the requester with accurate information and analysis in a timely manner. The office answers over 125 requests per year from the military community. We also develop, research and write newspaper articles, speeches, conference presentations, and books which seek to explain the development of the command and command related projects. In addition, with our extensive photographic and video collection we have begun to develop exhibits and interactive displays for in-house and museum projects.
SMDC History: STS-74 "Flying through a furlough, November 18, 2014
SMDC History: Squirt Serves as Sprint test bed, November 5, 2014
SMDC History: Marshall signs Safeguard operations plan, October 22, 2014
SMDC History: MDA chartered a decade ago, October 6, 2014
SMDC History: USNS Observation Island decommissioned, September 24, 2014
SMDC History: MAR Introduced 50 years ago, September 10, 2014
SMDC History: A Moment of Truth, August 28, 2014
SMDC History: Kwajalein joins GPS system, August 14, 2014
SMDC History: Ground-based radars improve through new sensors, July 28, 2014
SMDC History: A new direction for space research, July 17, 2014
Who Do You Think You Are? Posted 23 March 2011
New Priority -Theater Missile Defense
From Concept to Combat-Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
From Load to Sentry-Defense of the MX
From the Stars to the Foxhole-The Future Warfare Center
Hit to Kill-An Old Concept for a New Era in Missile Defense
Program Executive Office Marks 15 Years
SMDC Mission Begins on Redstone Road
The Army Tradition of the Unit Colors and Uncasing Ceremony
The Road To Kwajalein
The Year that Was-1957
The Homing Overlay Experiment
The Compact of Free Association and the USAKA Environmental Standards
- A Unique Relationship
U.S. Army Space Command Activated
Army Astronauts in the Space Shuttle Program
Creation of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Operational Brigades
After 104 years…It's back to blue! U.S. Army changes service uniforms
HELSTF - Home to the MIRACL and THEL Lasers
Directed Energy - Where Did We Begin
NIKE-ZEUS - Where We Began
What Was NIKE-ZEUS?
Strategic Defense Command/Strategic Defense Initiative
Where Do We Get Star Wars?
Staff Ride Documents
The Campaign for Chattanooga
The Battle of Stones River - December 1862-January 1863
The Eastern Mandates Campaign: A Staff Ride Guide for Operation Flintlock, the Seizure of the Marshalls
Kwajalein Staff Ride Tour Pamphlet - February 1944
Roi-Namur Staff Ride Tour Pamphlet - February 1944
The Battle Of Shiloh - April 1862
Wilderness-Spotsylvania - May 1864
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.
USASMDC/ARSTRAT – a diverse, complex, and global command that provides critical capabilities to our Army, USSTRATCOM, COCOMs/ASCCs; in synch with JFCC-IMD Read More...
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.