The Army announced U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command will take on the additional responsibility of serving as the Army service component command to U.S. Space Command, while retaining its responsibilities as the service component command to U.S. Strategic Command.
Naming USASMDC as the service component command to both USSPACECOM and USSTRATCOM will strengthen integration and synchronization of these vital operations and has been endorsed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“The Army is the largest user of space-enabled systems in the Department of Defense,” said Ryan McCarthy, Secretary of the Army. “Naming USASMDC as a component command to both combatant commands strengthens command and control, unity of effort, and synchronization of Army space and missile defense operations.”
An operational level Army force, USASMDC organizes, trains, equips and deploys Army space and global missile defense forces to conduct worldwide space and missile defense operations.
From its split-based headquarters at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, USASMDC oversees vital Army space and missile defense elements around the globe.
With personnel assigned in 11 time zones at 23 worldwide locations, the command has approximately 2,800 Soldiers (active-duty, National Guard and Reserve) and Army civilian personnel working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to defend the homeland against intercontinental ballistic missile attack and to ensure ground forces receive the space-enabled capabilities required to assure mission success.