The Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) is a component of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. MSIC is located at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
MSIC began as a part of Wernher von Braun's missile team, a component of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency in 1956. The missile agency's first office, known as the Technical Intelligence Division, consisted of only 6 people. MSIC analyzed developments in the Soviet Union and played a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the mid-1980s, MSIC was reassigned to the Army Intelligence Agency. Their final organizational move came on January 1, 1992 when they became part of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The center employs 650 civilian and military personnel.
MSIC’s overall mission is to support field commanders, weapon system developers, and policy makers with scientific and technical all-source intelligence on surface-to-air missiles (SAM), short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) with ranges less than 1000 kilometers, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), missile defense systems, directed-energy weapons (DEW), selected space programs and systems, and relevant command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR). It also provides analyses of those materials to the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government organizations such as the FBI.
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