Aerospace Defense Center

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For the USAAF's "ADC" established in 1946, the 1967 Cheyenne Mountain[1] "Space Defense Center" (combining SPACETRACK & NAVSPASUR),[2] and the "mid-1970s" Ballistic Missile Defense Center, see Air Defense Command, 1st Aerospace Surveillance and Control Squadron, and Cheyenne Mountain AFS.
Aerospace Defense Center
Active 1980-1984
Country United States
Garrison/HQ Peterson Air Force Base
1979 December 1 - 1986 James E. Hill
(1980) James V. Hartinger

The Aerospace Defense Center (ADC)[3] was a Cold War unit under the command of the general that also commanded both North American Aerospace Defense Command and Aerospace Defense Command (ADCOM).[4] The center included the Office of Astrodynamics (ADC/DO6)[5] and the Office of History.[6]


The center was formed as Aerospace Defense Command was being broken up (inactivated March 31, 1980) and its other assets were transferred to Tactical Air Command (October 1, 1979) and Strategic Air Command.[4] The Aerospace Defense Center as part of an "ad hoc working group" of personnel from Air Force Systems Command and the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force studied the 1982 proposal for "reorganization of USAF space management practices" by General Robert T. Marsh[1] (the original 1982 "Space Command" was renamed "Air Force Space Command" in 1985.) The offices of the Aerospace Defense Center became part of tbd.

Office of History[edit]

The publications of the ADC Office of History (different from the earlier NORAD/CONAD "Directorate of History") included

  • "ADC Historian" (1979). History of ADCOM/ADC:1 January-31 December 1979 (Report).[4]:29

After the Aerospace Defense Center ended, the aerospace defense history operations continued by organizations now known as the "NORAD and USNORTHCOM Command History Office"[2] and "Air Force Space Command Office of History" (command historian Mr. George W. Bradley, III since 1992)[7] A "Specialized Historical Document Collection" is in Peterson AFB Building 1470,[3] and the Peterson Air and Space Museum has a library with historical Aerospace Defense documents.


  1. ^ "A Moment in Time". Space Observer (Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group). February 10, 2005. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  2. ^ Del Papa, Dr. E. Michael; Warner, Mary P. (October 1987). A Historical Chronology of the Electronic Systems Division 1947-1986 (Report). Retrieved 2012-07-19. "1966...NORAD...Combat Operations Center...The center, now [1987] known as the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, integrated several distinct into a single workable unit ... the Space Defense Center combining the Air Force's Space Track and the Navy's Spasur."
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  4. ^ a b c Eldredge, Maurice C., Major-ACSC student (April 1985). A Brief History of "ADTAC": The First Five Years (Report). Air Command and Staff College. Retrieved 2012-07-16. "On 21 September 1979, Major General John L. Piotrowski assumed the duty of Tactical Air Command Deputy Commander for Air Defense. (10:xxxi) General Piotrowski and his staff were initially stationed in the Chidlaw Building, Headquarters ADCOM, Colorado Springs, Colorado."
  5. ^ Hoots, Ronald L.; Roehrich (31 December 1988--"Compiled by TS Kelso"). Models for Propagation of NORAD Element Sets (Report). Spacetrack Reports. Peterson AFB: Office of Astrodynamics, Aerospace Defense Center. Retrieved 2012-07-19. (cites "Hilton, C.G. and Kuhlman, J.R., “Mathematical Models for the Space Defense Center”, Philco-Ford Publication No. U-3871, 17—28, November 1966."
  6. ^ compiled by Johnson, Mildred W. (31 December 1980) [February 1973: Cornett, Lloyd H. Jr]. A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980. Peterson Air Force Base: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
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Coordinates: 33°42′49″N 118°17′16″W / 33.71361°N 118.28778°W / 33.71361; -118.28778