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 AVIATION & MISSILE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT & 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 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.
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.