New USAF Nuclear Command Gets SAIC Support
The newly established USAF Global Strike Command (AFGSC) is taking over responsibility for the USA’s ICBM force as part of an effort to unify all USAF nuclear assets under 1 command.
Based at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, the command was stood up on Aug 7/09 to oversee all of the USAF nuclear forces and conduct strategic deterrence and global strike operations.
To support the command’s work, the USAF awarded on Dec 28/09 a contract to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to provide requirements assessment, strategic planning, and programming support.
Under the contract, SAIC will assist with the design and implementation of processes and organizations to help ensure the command satisfies requirements and resource allocation objectives.
The contract has a 1-year base period of performance, a single 1-year option, and a total value of more than $10 million if the option is exercised. Work will be performed primarily at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, LA.
The creation of AFGSC began in October 2008 with the approval of the USAF’s nuclear roadmap [pdf] – Reinvigorating the Air Force Nuclear Enterprise.
As part of the command’s assumption of ICBM mission responsibility, AFGSC gains 3 missile wings: 1 each from F.E. Warren Air Force Base (AFB), WY; Malmstrom AFB, MT; and Minot AFB, ND. Command officials also assume responsibility for all of the USA’s 450 ICBMs.
The 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, CA, as well as the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, NE, also now fall under AFGSC. Previously, these units were part of Air Force Space Command.
On Feb 1/10, AFGSC officials expect to gain the 8th Air Force, based at Barksdale AFB, and its nuclear-capable bomber force. At that time, the command will gain the B-52 Stratofortress wings at Barksdale AFB and Minot AFB, and the B-2 Spirit wing at Whiteman AFB, MT.