Los Angeles Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (AF SPC/SMC)
Service or Branch: Air Force
Location: Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA
STEM Fields: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, PhysicsSMC's Mission: Deliver resilient and affordable space capabilities for the nation Develop, acquire, field and sustain the world's best space and missile capabilities for the joint Warfighter and the Nation. General Description: The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), a subordinate unit of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the center of technical excellence for researching, developing and purchasing military space systems including satellite systems for communications, intelligence, early warning, tracking, surveillance, weather and navigation (GPS) applications and for space control and launch systems. The center is also responsible for on-orbit check-out, testing, sustainment and maintenance of military satellite constellations, launch and control systems, and other Department of Defense space systems. The center is located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., four miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. The center has an annual total budget in excess of $6 billion per year and employs 1,200 military members, 1,600 civilians and an estimated 2,180 contractors worldwide. It manages between $50 and $60 billion in contracts at any one time. Major LA AFB Program Directorates include: Global Positioning, Launch Systems, Spacelift Range and Network Systems, Military Satellite Communications Systems, Advanced Systems and Development, Space Superiority Systems and Remote Sensing.