Military Capabilities

AUSA 2019: SMDC updating US Army’s space training strategy

16 October 2019

The US Army's space training strategy is to be updated in the next three to four months, Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), told reporters on 16 October at the annual Association of the United States Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) conference in Washington, DC.

With the establishment of US Space Command, officially stood up in August, SMDC now has a direct supporting role providing space capabilities to that command, as well as continuing its role providing missile defence capabilities to US Strategic Command.

The training strategy update is not necessarily because SMDC is now supporting US Space Command, but rather because the army has a new future air and missile defence plan, called AMD 2028, and is now more generally re-writing its overarching 'space strategy'.

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