SSDC News Release
Prepared 3 March 1997

On February 18, 1997, the commanding general of the Training and Doctrine Command, General William W. Hartzog and the commander of the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, Lieutenant General Edward G. Anderson III signed a memorandum of agreement to recognize SSDC as the Army's specified proponent for space and missile defense. The MOA also permits SSDC to establish the Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab.

The intent of this agreement is to leverage TRADOC and SSDC force development resources to guide the development of Army capabilities contributing to joint space and missile defense. This MOA will allow SSDC and TRADOC to obtain resources, influence policy and doctrine, and develop the required space and missile defense capabilities for the joint warfighter. It will establish an Army single focus for space and missile defense.

SSDC is the Army-designated specified proponent for space. It will coordinate, review, and recommend space solutions from all TRADOC branches and other appropriate specified proponents. The SSDC commander then will forward recommended requirements to the TRADOC commander for approval. n addition, SSDC will take the lead for space and NMD exercises. TRADOC will take the lead for exercises primarily concerning ground forces or TRADOC specified TMD operational elements. In short, the MOA recognizes SSDC as the Army's specified proponent for space and national missile defense and an "integrator" for theater missile defense issues - a so-called "one stop shop".

SSDC has an extensive modeling and simulation capability within the Missile Defense Battle Integration Center, which is already closely linked to the TRADOC battle lab structure. Therefore, the MDBIC will form the core of the new Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab which will be augmented with components in Colorado Springs. The Battle Lab will develop warfighting concepts, focus military science and technology research, conduct warfighting experiments, and support exercises and training activities, all focused on space and missile defense.

Existing management and oversight functions will remain in effect and all resources for the battle lab's space and missile defense functions and responsibilities will be provided by SSDC. Details for full implementation of the MOA are being developed by both commands.