DOD establishes Joint Theater Missile
Defense Organization

Released: Jan 24, 1997

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- An Air Force general will be the first director of a new organization formed to defend against air and missile threats.

Maj. Gen. Stephen B. Plummer will direct the Joint Theater Air Missile Defense Organization established this month by the Department of Defense. He is now deputy director for current readiness and capabilities in the Directorate for Operations on the Joint Staff.

JTAMDO is part of a management structure that will integrate DOD requirements and acquisition activities for theater air and missile defense.

The new organization will coordinate with combatant commanders and the military services to develop joint mission capstone requirements, a joint mission architecture and a joint capabilities roadmap.

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, under the new management structure, will become the integration systems architect for theater air and missile defenses.

The new management structure will not alter service or agency responsibilities for theater area missile defense program execution and resource management. However, the changes are expected to significantly enhance coordination between the requirements and acquisition communities.

The structure will also focus requirements generation and planning activities, furnish systems-of-systems engineering at the architecture level and provide for integrated oversight by DOD senior leaders.