USASMDCUnited States Army Space and Missile Defense Command
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USASMDC is responsible for the development of ballistic missile defense technology.
This capability has already been successfully demonstrated by USASMDC.
Grabe, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Orbital's Launch Systems Group, said, "We are extremely pleased to have been selected by USASMDC to perform the Short Range Air Launch Target missions.
Orbital was one of two companies selected from among the five who performed design concept studies under Phase I contracts from USASMDC in early 2001.
Following the static firing, USASMDC intends to select one of the two Phase IIa contractors to perform the Phase IIb effort, which includes completion of the detailed liquid booster system design, development and a flight test in early 2004.
The CMP is managed at USASMDC by the Ballistic Missile Targets Joint Project Office with sponsorship from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO).