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 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/ARSTRAT Historical Office Articles

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 1 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   719-554-1983
  • 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 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...

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.


Events & Conferences

August 13-16
15th Space and Missile Defense Conference

July 30-August 2
Army Space Cadre Symposium

July 30-August 2
National Fire Control Symposium

October 22-24
AUSA Annual Meeting and Expo