|Space and Missile Defense Command|
|Active||1 October 1997 – present|
|Branch||United States Army|
|Part of||United States Space Command |
United States Strategic Command
|Headquarters||Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, U.S.|
|Commanding General||Lieutenant General Daniel L. Karbler|
|Deputy Commanding General for Operations||Brigadier General Guillaume Beaurpere|
|Command Sergeant Major||Command Sergeant Major Finis A. Dodson|
|Distinctive Unit Insignia|
The United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) is an Army Service Component Command (ASCC) of the United States Army. The command was established in 1997. The current USASMDC commander is Lieutenant General Daniel L. Karbler with Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sergeant Major Finis A. Dodson.
The Army Space Command (ARSPACE) stood up in April 1988 as a field operating agency of the Deputy Chief of Staff (of the Army) for Operations and Plans. As the Army component of U.S. Space Command, ARSPACE was to provide the Army perspective in planning for Department of Defense space support and ensure the integration of Army requirements into joint planning for space support and "conduct planning for DoD space operations in support of Army strategic, operational and tactical missions."
A relatively small organization, it was soon put to the test. The new command was instrumental in bringing space assets to U.S. Army forces during Operation Desert Storm. Following the war, new operational missions, such as the Army Space Support Teams and the Joint Tactical Ground Stations, became key elements of the Army space program.
Organizationally however, ARSPACE remained a command, a Tables of Distribution and Allowances, or TDA, organization with offices and directorates according to mission, rather than an Army operational Table of Organization and Equipment unit. This changed on 1 May 1995. On that date, ARSPACE's Military Satellite Communications Directorate or MILSATCOM Directorate became the 1st Satellite Control, or SATCON, Battalion—the first Army battalion with an operational mission tied to space systems and capabilities.
The SMDC is made up of several components, Active Army and full-time Army National Guard, due to the 24-hour a day, 7-day a week, 365-day a year nature of SMDC's mission:
The 117th Space Battalion has a training, readiness, and oversight (TRO) relationship with the 1st Space Brigade but is not actually part of it, as of 2018–19.
Space and Missile Defense Acquisition Center (SMDAC)
Design work for the Safeguard System anti-ballistic missile complex began in 1968. The initial ground breaking occurred in 1970. The test period began in September 1973 and concluded with the equipment readiness date. Four and half years after the initial contracts were signed, the completed facility was turned over to the government. On 27 September 1974, at the Missile Site Radar Complex near Nekoma, North Dakota, and at the Ballistic Missile Defense Center at NORAD, Cheyenne Mountain, the Safeguard facilities were officially transferred to the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command after a four and a half year construction project by ten companies.
Previously the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensors Project Office (JLENS) based in Huntsville, Alabama was part of SMDC's Space and Missile Defence Acquisition Center. However, after continuing problems with the programme, the fiscal 2017 budget for the JLENS program was cut from the requested $45 million to $2.5 million. According to Defense News, the "nearly unanimous lack of funding for the program spells death for JLENS". The blimps are being kept in storage and the small budget being used to close out the program, according to Defense News.
Other parts of the previous Space and Missile Defense Acquisition Center included:
The United States Army Futures Command, formed 24 August 2018, gives priority to modernization of air and missile defense.: minute 6:07  Cross-functional teams were instituted to oversee the modernization effort in the areas of hypersonic systems, maneuver SHORAD (M-SHORAD) and Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).
|Portrait||Name||Took office||Left office||Term length|
|Commanding General, U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command|
John F. Wall
|1 July 1985||24 May 1988||2 years, 328 days|
Robert L. Stewart
|24 May 1988||11 July 1988||48 days|
Robert D. Hammond
|11 July 1988||30 June 1992||3 years, 355 days|
William J. Schumacher
|30 June 1992||31 July 1992||31 days|
|Commanding General, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command|
Donald M. Lionetti
|24 August 1992||6 September 1994||2 years, 13 days|
Jay M. Garner
|6 September 1994||7 October 1996||2 years, 31 days|
Edward G. Anderson III
|7 October 1996||1 October 1997||359 days|
|Commanding General, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command|
Edward G. Anderson III
|1 October 1997||6 August 1998||309 days|
Steven W. Flohr
|6 August 1998||1 October 1998||56 days|
John P. Costello
|1 October 1998||28 March 2001||2 years, 178 days|
John M. Urias
|28 March 2001||30 April 2001||33 days|
Joseph M. Cosumano Jr.
|30 April 2001||16 December 2003||2 years, 230 days|
Larry J. Dodgen
|16 December 2003||18 December 2006||3 years, 2 days|
Kevin T. Campbell
|18 December 2006||15 December 2010||3 years, 362 days|
Richard P. Formica
|15 December 2010||12 August 2013||2 years, 240 days|
David L. Mann
|12 August 2013||5 January 2017[note 1]||3 years, 146 days|
James H. Dickinson
(born c. 1963)
|5 January 2017||5 December 2019||2 years, 334 days|
Daniel L. Karbler
|6 December 2019||Incumbent||2 years, 261 days|