Growing & Evolving: Space Operations
ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND/ARMY FORCES STRATEGIC COMMAND HUNTSVILLE AL
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U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense CommandU.S. Army Forces Strategic Command SMDC ARSTRAT has made tremendous leaps forward in the Space operations field. Space professionals have made great strides in growing from five Army Space Support Teams in the late 1990s that habitually supported a designated corps, into the 1st Space Brigade with two Space battalions that support brigade-sized to Army units and joint and combined forces, and a signal battalion that controls the payload of 12 satellites. This growth continues beyond the brigade. Space forces throughout the Army continue to grow and now include Space Support Elements organic to Army divisions and corps. From many of you, the most frequent question I hear is, Whats next To date, Army Space units repeatedly have proven their worth. The 1st Space Brigade and the 1st Space Battalion are now Modified Table of Organization and Equipment units and, through Fiscal Year 2011 will be filling up with Active, Guard and Reserve Soldiers who will be trained how to plan, integrate and weld Spacebased capabilities to the supported commanders battle plan for stronger, more effective military operations. The Colorado Army National Guard Space Support Battalion formerly the 193rd Space Battalion is also expanding with approval to add more Space companies. The 1st Space Brigade has developed a deployable element called an Army Space Coordination Detachment. Upon arrival in theater it is normally OPCONTACON to the Joint Forces Land Component Commander JFLCC or the Army Service Component Commander. The detachment is tailorable and coordinates, integrates and synchronizes the efforts of deployed Space forces into the theater Space concept of operations. The concept of operations is developed by the Joint Force Commander in conjunction with the component that has been designated as the Space Coordinating Authority.
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