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Posted 10/12/2006 Printable Fact Sheet
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The Space and Missile Systems Center, a subordinate unit of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the center of technical excellence for researching, developing and purchasing military space systems. The center is also responsible for on-orbit, check-out testing, sustainment and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems
The center is located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif.

The center has an annual total budget in excess of $6.8 billion per year and employs 1,358 military members, 1,068 civilians and an estimated 2,000 contractors worldwide.  It manages between $50 and $60 billion in contracts at any one time.

Major units, staff directorates and programs include:
Military Satellite Communication Systems Wing
Plans for, acquires and sustains space-enabled, global communications capabilities to support national objectives.

Global Positioning Systems Wing
Acquires and sustains survivable, effective and affordable GPS services to our customers.

Space Based Infrared Systems Wing
Develops, acquires and sustains Space Based Infrared surveillance, tracking and targeting capabilities for missile warning/defense and intelligence.
Launch and Range Systems Wing
Develops and acquires expendable launch and range systems and manages launch integration, mission assurance and launch campaigns.

Space Superiority Systems Wing
Delivers and sustains unrivaled space control systems to ensure space superiority for the joint warfighter and the nation. 

Space Development and Test Wing (Kirtland AFB, N.M.)
Develops advanced responsive space systems, concepts, targets and launchers. 

526th Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Wing (Hill AFB, Utah)
Modernizes and sustains the land-based nuclear and non-nuclear ICBM deterrent force.

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Systems Group
Provides timely and accurate worldwide environmental data to DoD and national program users.

Satellite Control and Network Systems Group
Modernizes and sustains the Air Force Satellite Control Network. Acquires hardware and software to operationally control 170 DoD, national, allied and civil satellites.

Space Radar Office
The nation's first persistent, global situational awareness and target tracking capability is part of a horizontally integrated DoD-wide and national system.

Contracts Management
Provides advice and contract management to the space community for the timely execution of needed actions to acquire superior weapon systems.

Developmental Planning
Constructively influences decisions affecting future systems for the control and exploitation of air and space.

SMC Systems Acquisitions
Provides quality acquisition products, processes, tools and expertise to acquire and sustain integrated and affordable systems for the control and exploitation of air and space.

Financial Management
Provides resource advisors and an independent assessment on the most effective and efficient programming, budgeting and execution of funding for acquisition programs and SMC infrastructure to SMC leadership.
SMC's Vision:

"Become the center of excellence for military space acquisition - producing innovated, affordable and operationally effective space systems."

SMC's Mission:
"Deliver unrivaled space and missile systems to the joint warfighter and our nation."

SMC's Strategic Goals:
Mission success is job #1
Successful program execution strengthen partnerships across space enterprise
Strengthen our workforce by enabling our people
Make SMC a great place to work

October 2006

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