Thursday, April 27, 2017

Redstone Arsenal


Redstone Arsenal is a 38,000-acre federal research, development, test and engineering center and is home to the Army’s missile, aviation and missile defense programs, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and NATO’s MEADS program. Redstone is the principal location for Army materiel management, logistics and foreign military sales. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is also headquartered at Redstone. Arsenal agencies and program offices currently employ more than 37,000 people who manage more than $50 billion in annual federal budgets.


Redstone is home to more than 60 different federal organizations and contractor operations. Listed below are several of the larger commands, agencies and offices located on Redstone.

U.S. Army Materiel Command

AMC is an Army Major Command responsible for materiel readiness including technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection and sustainment. The Command’s missions range from development of weapon systems and research to maintenance and distribution of parts and supplies.

U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command

AMCOM provides support to joint warfighters and allies to ensure aviation and missile system readiness for combat operations. The Command is responsible for the development, acquisition and fielding of aviation and missile systems and the integration of aviation and missile technology.

U.S. Army Security Assistance Command

USASAC supports the national security strategy through the management of Army security assistance programs including annual foreign military sales of more than $10 billion to approximately 140 allied countries, friendly nations and multinational organizations.

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center

AMRDEC is the Army’s focal point for providing research, development and engineering technology and services for aviation and missile platforms. AMRDEC manages and conducts research, exploratory and advanced development, and provides one-stop lifecycle engineering and scientific support for aviation and missile systems and UAV platforms.

Program Executive Office – Missiles & Space

The PEO Missiles and Space provides centralized management for all Army tactical and air defense missile programs and selected Army space programs.

Program Executive Office – Aviation

PEO Aviation is responsible for life-cycle management of all Army aircraft, to include development, acquisition, testing, systems integration, product improvements, production, fielding, and logistical support. Aircraft systems include the Apache Helicopter, Cargo Helicopter, Utility Helicopter, Armed Scout Helicopter, Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Fixed Wing.

Redstone Test Center

RTC specializes in line-of-sight missile and rocket testing, guidance system testing, optical and electro optical systems, air-armament component tests and electromagnetic environmental effects testing of aircraft systems. RTC is the designated DOD lighting effects tester for explosive ordnance and munitions. RTC also tests and certifies all modifications to aircraft in the Army aviation inventory.

U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command

SMDC provides research, technology integration for space, missile defense, cyber and directed energy systems and related technologies for the U.S. Army.

Missile Defense Agency

MDA is a Department of Defense agency that facilitates the development and integration of multi-service capabilities into seamless theater and national missile defense systems. The majority of the Agency is based at Redstone.

Defense Intelligence Agency – Missile & Space Intelligence Center

MSIC is an intelligence organization charged with producing scientific and technological intelligence on adversary surface-to-air missiles and ballistic missile systems and directed energy systems. This intelligence includes characteristics, capabilities and limitations of foreign military systems.

Army Contracting Command

ACC supports the warfighter worldwide through the acquisition of goods and services vital to the soldier’s mission and well-being.

Expeditionary Contracting Command

ECC is responsible for expeditionary contracting across all military operations for Army Service Component Commanders and the Joint Warfighter and support to Army and other federal agencies at installations overseas.

Marshall Space Flight Center

Marshall is one of NASA’s largest field centers, occupying more than 1,800 acres on Redstone Arsenal. The center employs approximately 6,000 people, approximately 2,500 civil service and 3,500 contractor employees, with an annual budget of approximately $2.6 billion. MSFC has the program and project lead responsibility for development of the nation’s next heavy lift vehicle that will enable continued US exploration of deep space.


Federal Aerospace/Defense Impact

Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Cummings Research Park are the premier locations for many of the most prestigious defense and civil space programs.


Commands based at Redstone manage the entire portfolio of Army materiel activity. Major and subordinate Army commands have responsibility for key missile, missile defense and aviation programs, as well as management of all Army foreign military sales and Army contracting. The Marshall Space Flight Center is responsible for the development of NASA’s next launch vehicle and a wide variety of space science and astrophysics programs.


NASA and Army facilities at MSFC and Redstone have been made available for use by private companies on a selective basis. Most recently, Raytheon located its production facility for SM3 and SM6 missiles at Redstone.


Federal Agency spending – 2013



NASA Marshall Space Flight Center


Missile Defense Agency - Huntsville/Redstone Activities


U.S. Army Materiel Command


U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command 


U.S. Army Program Executive Office - Missile & Space


U.S. Army Program Executive Office - Aviation


Integrated Materiel Management Center


U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command


U.S. Army Engineers & Support Center 


U.S. Army Security Assistance Command


U.S. Army Contracting Command


2nd Recruting Brigade


Redstone Test Center 


Logistics Support Activity LOGSA 


U.S. Army Garrison


Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center


Missile & Space Intelligence Center Defense Intelligence Agency