Event Calendar

1964: DEFSMAC Established.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

1964: DEFSMAC Established.

Description: 27 April 1964: DoD Directive established DEFSMAC (Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center). It was renamed in 2002 changing “Astronautics” to “Aerospace.” DEFSMAC is a joint NSA-DIA-NGA organization headquartered at NSA. Its mission is to coordinate the collection of intelligence information from foreign missiles and satellites. Initially focused in the 1960s on Soviet missile testing, DEFSMAC’s mission grew over the decades as more foreign countries developed indigenous missile and space systems.

To celebrate DEFSMAC’s 50th anniversary, the National Cryptologic Museum expanded its electronic intelligence and telemetry exhibit. The new “Telemetry Intelligence” exhibit explains the importance of gathering information about an adversary’s missile and space capabilities so that leaders can make informed decisions for defense policies. See the link below to learn more about the exhibit.

To learn more about DEFSMAC’s mission and history, read “In the Forefront of Foreign Missile and Space Intelligence.” via the link below.

To learn more about foreign Electronic Intelligence, go to the museum’s (old) ELINT exhibit via the link below.