WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command is standing up a new brigade focused on satellite operations and is planning long-term investments in technology and training so it can better support the newly created U.S. Space Command, Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, the SMDC commander, said Oct. 15.
Dickinson was selected and confirmed by the Senate to be deputy commander of U.S. SPACECOM, where he will report to Air Force Gen. John Raymond. Dickinson is still at his SMDC office at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. He expects to move to U.S. SPACECOM’s temporary headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, in the next couple of months once a new SMDC leader is named, Dickinson told SpaceNews in an interview at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference.
The SMDC organization of 2,800 personnel has dual roles in space and missile defense. The portion of SMDC focused on space that reported to U.S. Strategic Command will now serve as the Army’s component of U.S. SPACECOM. The missile defense support to U.S. STRATCOM will continue unchanged, Dickinson said.
“These are exciting times for space,” said Dickinson. “We [the Army] have a very important role.”