Air Force Space Command
Definition/Scope: Air Force Space Command, created Sept. 1, 1982, is a major command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. AFSPC defends North America through its space and intercontinental ballistic missile operations - vital force elements in projecting global reach and global power. Mission Deliver space and missile capabilities to America and its warfighting commands Vision America’s space leaders ... delivering responsive, assured, decisive space power People Approximately 39,000 people, including 25,000 active-duty military and civilians, and 13,700 contractor employees, combine to perform the AFSPC missions. Organization AFSPC has two numbered air forces and two centers. Fourteenth Air Force is located at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Fourteenth Air Force manages the generation and employment of space forces to support U.S. Strategic Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command operational plans and missions. Twentieth Air Force is located at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. Twentieth Air Force operates and maintains the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile weapon systems in support of USSTRATCOM war plans. The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., designs and acquires all Air Force and most Department of Defense space systems. It oversees launches, completes on-orbit checkouts and then turns systems over to user agencies. It supports the Program Executive Office for Space on the Global Positioning, Defense Satellite Communications and MILSTAR systems. SMC also supports the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, Titan IV, Defense Meteorological Satellite and Defense Support programs, and the Space Based Infrared System. In addition, it supports development and acquisition of land-based ICBMs for the Air Force Program Executive Office for Strategic Systems.
Broader Terms:Air Force Global Strike Command
Narrower Terms:18th Space Surveillance Squadron
Related Terms:missile launch facilities