About- U.S. Army space & missile defense command
/Army forces strategic command

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.

USASMDC/ARSTRAT Command Fact Sheet

Enduring Priorities:

  • Provide relevant, timely capabilities to the Warfighter
  • Take care of people – Serve our Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families
  • Safety in all that we do
  • Accelerate the Development and Fielding of Space and Missile Defense capabilities/forces
  • Sustain close, collaborative relationships across the Space and Missile Defense community
  • Operate on a foundation of Values and Teamwork

Guiding Principles:

  • Warfighting and Warfighting Support
  • Developing Our People
  • Public Service
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Collaborative Relationships
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Commitment to Change
  • Accountable Stewardship
  • Mission Assuredness
  • Values-based

SMDC/ARSTRAT Organization

USASMDC/ARSTRAT Organization Chart

Command History

The mission of the Historical Office is to provide the requester with accurate information and analysis in a timely manner. The office answers more than 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/ARSTRAT Historical Office Articles

SMDC History: Soviet Union deploys Galosh, November 10, 2016
SMDC History: On the Road to Here; Remembering the FY95 Staff Realignment Study, October 27, 2016
SMDC History: Tactical Exploitation System fielded, October 13, 2016
SMDC History: Missile defense testing moves to Wake Island, September 29, 2016
SMDC History: On Orbit - Registration Required, September 15, 2016
SMDC History: Missile defense following the Bottom-Up Review, September 1, 2016
SMDC History: Project Corona: America's first photo reconnaissance satellite, August 18, 2016
SMDC History: HASC gives go-ahead for HELSTF site selection, August 4, 2016
SMDC History: Arctic vs. Cold Regions; A glimpse into Fort Greely history, July 21, 2016
SMDC History: JROC approves Mission Needs Statement, July 7, 2016
SMDC History: GMD arrives in Fort Greely, June 23, 2016
SMDC History: Nike-X reentry measurement program, June 9, 2016
SMDC History: SALT Agreements signed, May 26, 2016
SMDC History: Defense Communications Agency established, May 12, 2016
SMDC History: First Zeus launched From underground cell, April 28, 2016
SMDC History: WGS-1 activated, April 11, 2016
SMDC History: Disaster Relief and Partnership for Peace, March 31, 2016
SMDC History: I-PAWS, March 17, 2016
SMDC History: GMD manning model approved, March 3, 2016
SMDC History: SMDC creates first non-TRADOC Battle Lab, February 16, 2016
SMDC History: BMDSCOM and the Guatemala earthquake, February 2, 2016
SMDC History: 25 years since first 'Space War', January 20, 2016
SMDC History: RAID meets the challenge, January 6, 2016
SMDC History: Final missile maintenance class graduates, December 15, 201
SMDC History: STS 61-B crew make steps to International Space Station, December 2, 2015
SMDC History: MSR clears EMC tests, November 18, 2015
SMDC History: If at first you don't succeed..., October 28, 2015
SMDC History: Safeguard honors Lt. Gen. Stanley R. Mickelsen, September 30, 2015
SMDC History: 49th Missile Defense Battalion (GMD) heraldry approved, August 17, 2015
SMDC History: Lance missile concludes second career, August 6, 2015
SMDC History: 1945 report recommends missile defense research and development, July 22, 2015
SMDC History: Systems Technology Program New Emphasis for BMD in 1975, June 5, 2015
SMDC History: 20th anniversary of the creation of 1st SATCON Battalion, May 18, 2015
SMDC History: SENSCOM honors fallen Soldier with Power Ship Andrew J. Weber, April 29, 2015
SMDC History: 3 + 3 = to deploy or not to deploy, April 8, 2015
SMDC History: Safeguard to BMD, March 26, 2015
SMDC History: Island Memorial Chapel marks 70 years, March 13, 2015
SMDC History: Army lends an arm, February 27, 2015
SMDC History: Today in Space and Missile Defense History, February 3, 2015
SMDC History: BIC first step toward FWC, January 13, 2015
SMDC History: Strategic Planning Cell Transitions USASSDC to USASMDC, December, 19, 2014
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
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

Historical Timelines

SMDC/ARSTRAT Employment Information

  • Currently Being Updated

SMDC/ARSTRAT Contact Information

  • Public Affairs Office - 256-955-3887   719-554-1982
  • Visitor Access Control - 256-955-2623
  • Security Clearance - FAX 256-955-3629
  • Address: Redstone Arsenal, Building 5220, Huntsville, AL 35898
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1500, Huntsville, AL 35807-3801.


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.