6TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY,
AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE PATRIOT
On Oct. 1, 2014, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) established the 3rd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery, Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Patriot Test Detachment for the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, with duty at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The mission of the test detachment is to provide expertise and knowledge in support of AMD programs and to conduct developmental tests; flight tests; and tactics, techniques and procedures development in preparation for Directorate of Testing and Evaluation (DOT&E) and Army Test and Army Evaluation Command (ATEC) operational tests.
DESERT MOUNTAIN CIVILIAN PERSONNEL ADVISORY CENTER (CPAC)
The Desert Mountain Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) is headquartered in Building 124.
Personnel advisers are part of the WSMR management team and provide assistance to the command group, managers, supervisors and employees on all human resources issues. Such areas include, but are not limited to: labor-management negotiations, management-employee relations, employee benefits, recruitment strategies, position management and classification, local training and nonappropriated fund (NAF) employment.
Recruitment efforts to fill WSMR positions are also the responsibility of the CPAC.
Employment information on positions at WSMR and other Army installations is available online at the Army’s Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA) website, www.acpol.army.mil, or by viewing the Office of Personnel Management website at www.usajobs.gov. For specific nonappropriated fund employment information on WSMR, contact the NAF Human Resources Office at 575-678-2930.
MISSION AND INSTALLATION CONTRACTING COMMAND (MICC)-WHITE SANDS
MICC-White Sands manages, directs and executes the installation contracting program for the acquisition of supplies, equipment, materials and services required for test mission support and the operation and maintenance of the installation and its tenant organizations. They are a professional contracting team totally committed to utilizing the best practices to support the readiness, infrastructure and well-being of Soldiers and family members. MICC-White Sands is strategically resourced to manage contracts and ensure delivery of quality goods and services in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost for customers. All contractors wishing to do business with the DOD must register in the System for Award Management (SAM) system by going to the website www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM. For more information, call 575-678-1215 or visit www.wsmr.army.mil/contracting.
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
The 704th Test Group (TG) mission is to operate world-class test facilities for guidance and navigation system testing, high-speed sled track testing, radar signature measurements, aircraft survivability testing, landing gear testing and weapons system flight testing, as well as test and evaluation liaison for U.S. Air Force Research and Development programs working with directed energy. The 704 TG commander also serves as White Sands Missile Range Deputy for Air Force and is responsible for all Air Force test events at WSMR.
586TH FLIGHT TEST SQUADRON (586 FLTS)
The 586 FLTS plans, analyzes, coordinates and conducts flight tests of advanced weapons and avionics systems, primarily on WSMR. In addition, the unit provides deployable operational support for test aircraft staging out of Holloman Air Force Base. The squadron provides a variety of services ranging from aircraft bed down to facilities providing a high level of security to its customers.
The 586 FLTS operates four highly modified T-38C aircraft equipped to support a wide variety of flight test operations. Capabilities include: sub-meter accurate time, space, position, information (TSPI) system, chaff, flare, RADAR altimeter, digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) electronic attack (EA), pylon-mounted sensor, weapon or towed target carriage and multiple format photographic coverage.
The squadron also operates a highly modified C-12J (Beech 1900) with multiple external antennae and internal pallet configurations for guidance and navigation, avionics and electronics testing. It is also equipped with an external pylon for sensor and weapon captive carriage with corresponding internal real-time operator interface. Additionally, the squadron operates a modified C-12F (Beech 200), which is configurable to a customer’s specific test requirements.
DETACHMENT 1 (DET. 1), 586TH FLIGHT TEST SQUADRON
Det. 1 is located on WSMR main post. Det. 1 is the executive agent for the 704 TG commander’s Deputy for Air Force role and conducts the daily duties of that office on WSMR. As such, Det. 1 conducts pretest planning, schedules range resources, manages project finances, and coordinates with WSMR organizations on inter-service issues and process improvements. For more information about Air Force missions on WSMR, call 575-678-1251 or write to: Deputy for Air Force, 586 FLTS Det. 1, Building 1504, Headquarters Avenue, White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002.
746TH TEST SQUADRON (746 TS)
The 746 TS, also known as the Central Inertial & GPS Test Facility (CIGTF), has been the DOD’s leader in guidance and navigation system testing for more than 50 years. While CIGTF’s mission began with inertial guidance and navigation testing, the unit has since expanded its expertise to include GPS due to its success as a navigation aid. Today, CIGTF is the established leader in inertial, GPS, and blended GPS-inertial component and system testing. The 746 TS leads the multiservice GPS Test Center of Expertise (COE) comprised of Army, Navy and Air Force test agencies chartered to support DOD GPS test and evaluation.
CIGTF’s inclusive lab, field and flight-testing capabilities offer the customer a cost-effective means to evaluate their guidance and navigation systems in a variety of environments. CIGTF’s inertial laboratories offer a unique collection of precision centrifuge and rate table resources, capable of accurately testing and evaluating inertial navigation components, subsystems and systems. The Navigation Test and Evaluation Laboratory (NavTEL) is a state-of-the-art simulation facility used for testing stand-alone GPS user equipment and integrated GPS navigation systems. Following functional and performance verification in NavTEL, CIGTF can conduct ground and flight tests in diverse locations (that include the adjacent range at WSMR) and under varying degrees of GPS-challenged scenarios that are tailorable to specific customer requirements. To accomplish accurate flight and field testing, CIGTF provides the world’s most precise TSPI Truth Reference Systems, accurate even in GPS-denied environments. If required, CIGTF can leverage its Static Antenna Test Range to conduct multi-element GPS antenna testing using multiple jammers in a controlled, open-air environment. This additional cost-effective, repeatable environment can be useful before embarking on operationally realistic Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) flight or field testing.
846TH TEST SQUADRON (846 TS)
The 846 TS operates the world’s premier rocket sled test track. The Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) is an aerospace ground test facility that conducted its first sled test in 1950. Its function is to simulate dynamic events and selected portions of flight trajectories under accurately programmed, closely controlled and rigorously monitored conditions. These rails span a total linear distance of 50,971 feet. They are continuously welded and aligned to rigid tolerances with respect to straightness and surface smoothness.
The HHSTT provides a critical link between laboratory-type investigations and full-scale flight tests. The test track provides an efficient, safe and cost-effective ground test alternative to expensive developmental flight tests. Complementing the test track itself, the overall HHSTT complex encompasses ancillary facilities for artificial rain simulation, an accurately surveyed ejection test area, captive and free-flight blast test sites, impact test sites and a horizontal rocket test stand. Support facilities include buildings for electronic and photo-optical instrumentation, a telemetry ground station, engineering facilities, and shop facilities for design and fabrication for test sleds. The squadron is the DOD’s “Center of Expertise” for all ejection seat testing and the lead facility for all supersonic tracks.
The White Sands Radar Facility is staffed by a detachment of personnel from the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, 49th Wing, 49th Operations Support Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The radar facility, also known as “Cherokee,” monitors all air traffic in the skies over WSMR 24/7. Its work entails managing the airspace above the range, in conjunction with WSMR Range Control, to support customers and aircraft in support of tests and maintaining air safety surveillance of the restricted airspace. Additionally, members of the 49th OSS provide air traffic control services to the 49th Wing, 56th Fighter Wing and the Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport.
The 14th Air Force Joint Space Operations Center (JSPOC), at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is responsible for maintaining the world’s most accurate catalog of positional data on all man-made, Earth-orbiting objects. Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) sites, assigned to the 21st Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, play a vital role in tracking “deep space” objects. Some 2,700 objects, including geostationary communications satellites, are in deep space 3,000 miles and beyond.
The GEODSS detachments are three of 24 worldwide sensors in the Space Surveillance Network (SSN) that provide observational data to JSPOC. The three operational GEODSS sites reporting directly to the 21st Operations Group are: Detachment 1 at Stallion Range Center near WSMR’s northern boundary; Detachment 2 at Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories; and Detachment 3 at Maui, Hawaii. To perform its mission, GEODSS employs three low-light level electro-optical telescopes, high-resolution monitors and four computers. The system only operates at night when the telescopes can detect objects 160,000 times dimmer than the human eye can detect. The telescopes have 40-inch apertures and a 1.68 degree field of view.
The GEODSS system, which can track objects as small as a basketball more than 20,000 miles out in space, is a vital part of the U.S. Strategic Command’s space control mission and provides nearly 70 percent of the entire SSN’s throughput of deep space observations. The GEODSS concept was researched and developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratories at the Experimental Test Site near Detachment 1 at Stallion. The site is still in use by MIT for research and development. For more information, call 575-835-4546 or 575-679-4134. Write to: Det. 1, 21 OG/CC, P.O. Box W, Socorro, NM 87801.
The Navy has been part of the WSMR test community since June 14, 1946, when naval activity was established to participate in research and testing of captured German V-2 rockets. Today, the mission of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, White Sands Detachment includes land-based live fire testing of naval weapon systems, missiles, guided munitions and lasers, missile and rocket assembly, research rocket launch operations and assemblies, and launch of ballistic missile target vehicles.
Navy facilities include the LLS-1 Desert Ship, Missile Assembly Facility, south and north range rocket launch sites, south and midrange gun sites, and other test sites.
ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY
The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army’s primary source of fundamental and applied research. With more than 1,250 scientists and engineers, ARL is a key in-house repository of expertise in support of Army unique requirements. The laboratory’s mission is to provide key technologies and analytical support to ensure the Army has decisive victory in future land warfare. Elements of two ARL organizations are located on White Sands Missile Range: the Cybersecurity & Electromagnetic Protection Division (CEPD) of the Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate (SLAD) and the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) Battlefield Environment (BE) Division.
CEPD’s mission is to determine the Survivability, Lethality and Vulnerability (SLV) of all U.S. Army missile defense systems, aviation systems and munitions demonstrations to the full spectrum of battlefield threats and atmospheric interactions throughout the system’s life cycle. CEPD is the Army’s lead organization for determining electronic warfare (EW) vulnerability and cyber operations vulnerability and survivability of U.S. Army systems and provides technical support to other DOD activities. CEPD provides SLV and evaluation support to developers, decision-makers and the Army evaluator and provides technical judgments on complex SLV issues. CEPD researches, investigates and recommends counter-countermeasures for U.S. Army systems to reduce their susceptibilities and vulnerabilities and to ensure optimum survivability and lethality in threat environments.
Since 1952, CEPD and its predecessor organizations have carried out missions on WSMR. Recent technological advances in cyber operations, electro-optics and directed energy provide new arenas for study, complementing work in the more traditional radio frequency and microwave areas. CEPD has employees on WSMR, New Mexico; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and Ft. Hood, Texas
Directorate (CISD): Battlefield Environment Division (BED): The CISD-BED’s mission is to enhance Warfighter effectiveness through environmental knowledge and technology, performing basic and applied research to advance the understanding of the atmosphere and its relationship to and impact on the performance of battlefield systems, personnel and operations. BED’s predecessor organization through the early 1990s was the U.S. Army Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory headquartered at WSMR. At that time BED was integrated into the corporate U.S. Army Research Laboratory, headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, with personnel and R&D functions on both sites. The current missions of BED’s Atmospheric Modeling Branch and the Atmospheric Dynamics Branch on WSMR are to perform research required to help the Soldier, commander and weapons system designer better understand and model atmospheric effects on performance and to maximize their success during battlefield operations, especially in the lower atmosphere and over complex terrain. To accomplish this, the branches characterize meteorology in the boundary layer at high spatial and time resolutions through theoretical, basic research and the development of “Nowcast” weather prediction models providing highly detailed, short-term forecasts of atmospheric conditions over complex and urban terrain in three dimensions and in near-real-time. A diagnostic 3D wind field model characterizes the effects of streets and buildings on wind flow as well as the effects of mountain ridges and forest or jungle canopies. Weather decision aids provide planners and operators with intuitive warnings of many types of weather hazards on weapons systems, personnel and operations and can automatically find the best route for manned and unmanned aircraft around adverse weather. Methods are developed to provide meteorological correction data for artillery firing solution systems. To support these activities, BED is establishing an extremely high-resolution network of environmental sensors within and adjacent to WSMR called the Meteorological Sensor Array. Products are transitioned to a variety of Army entities and to the US Air Force 557th Weather Wing (formerly the Air Force Weather Agency) for support of forward-deployed troops. Weather impacts and Nowcasting models are exploited in command and control systems such as the Distributed Common Ground Station-Army (DCGS-A) and the Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS). Learn more about the Army Research Laboratory at www.arl.army.mil.
U.S. ARMY RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING COMMAND, SURVIVABILITY/LETHALITY ANALYSIS DIRECTORATE
The Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) provides innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities for decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation. The Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate (SLAD) provides expert technical advice and solutions that enable U.S. Army personnel and equipment to have increased lethality, and survive and function effectively in hostile multi-domain environments. Portions of two SLAD divisions are located on White Sands Missile Range: the Cybersecurity Vulnerability Analysis and Assessment Division (CVAAD) and the Electronic Warfare Analysis and Assessment Division (EWVAAD).
The RDECOM/SLAD/CVAAD provides complete lifecycle Cybersecurity vulnerability analyses (Cooperative Vulnerability Identification (CVI) & Cooperative Vulnerability Penetration Assessments (CVPA)) to Army acquisition, operational units, and HQDA (CIO/G6 & G3/5/7) to ensure Army readiness and support Army modernization priorities. Per AR 73-1, RDECOM/SLAD/CVAAD conducts penetration testing, vulnerability analyses, and vulnerability assessments for Government agencies and industry partners, to include system developers, Program Executive Officers (PEOs), Program Managers (PMs), and supports Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) during Developmental Testing (DT) and Operational Testing (OT). The RDECOM/SLAD/CVAAD also manages personnel and tools used to conduct cybersecurity penetration testing, vulnerability analyses, vulnerability assessments, and cybersecurity resiliency analyses (prevent, mitigate, recover (PMR)) during Acquisition Test and Evaluation (T&E) Adversarial Assessments (AA). In addition, RDECOM/SLAD/CVAAD conducts Cybersecurity System of Systems Network Vulnerability Assessments (Cyber SoS NVAs) on Army Software Block (SWB) Capability Set (CS) 11-12 Tri-annual and Common Operating Environment (COE) network architectures for HQDA CIO/G-6 during Army Interoperability Certification (AIC) in support of material release. In support of Army Modernization priorities, RDECOM/SLAD/CVAAD conducts cybersecurity experimentation and analyses by providing technical subject matter expertise, experimentation support and Survivability, Lethality, and Vulnerability analyses across the command to include Cross Functional Teams, and informs Army leadership on cyber-enabled and electromagnetic threats across all systems and capabilities destined for acquisition. RDECOM/SLAD/CVAAD also conducts science and technology (S&T) research to develop cyber tools used to assess emerging technologies and state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and methodologies to focus on Army’s readiness and modernization priorities. The RDECOM/SLAD/CVAAD develops in-house, custom, cyber tools to support both T&E and S&T initiatives; it is a unique organization that develops and executes the tools to conduct cyber analyses for the Army. The CVAAD has also partnered with The University of Texas El Paso and formed the Center for Cyber Analysis and Assessment, which provides external researchers access to cybersecurity tools and technology. In addition, CVAAD is currently extending their physical foothold and is similarly collaborating with New Mexico State University.
The EWVAAD serves as the principal activity in the Army for determining SLV of Army systems in all environments against the full spectrum of electronic warfare (EW) threats. The EWVAAD provides SLV analysis and evaluation expertise to acquisition PEOs and PMs supporting a wide range of Army weapon, communication, navigation, and sensor systems. EWVAAD scientists and engineers provide laser vulnerability assessments as well as EW analyses and monitoring in laboratory, hardware-in-the-loop, anechoic chamber environments as well as DT and airborne OT. The EWVAAD researches, investigates, and recommends counter-countermeasures for Army systems to reduce their susceptibilities/vulnerabilities and to ensure the optimum survivability and lethality in threat environments. Additionally, the EWVAAD provides timely, accurate, and comprehensive SLV analysis, assessments, and advice concerning EW threats to system managers, researchers, developers, users, decision makers, and independent evaluators.
RDECOM/SLAD and its predecessor organizations have carried out missions on WSMR since 1952. The SLAD consists of 366 scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative support personnel located at WSMR, NM; Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; Fort Hood, TX; and Huntsville, AL.
CENTER FOR COUNTERMEASURES
The Center for Countermeasures (the Center) is a joint activity that directs, coordinates, supports and conducts independent countermeasure/counter-countermeasure (CM/CCM) T&E activities of U.S. and foreign weapons systems, subsystems, sensors and related components. The Center accomplishes this work in support of DOT&E, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation ((DASD(DT&E)), weapon systems developers and the services. The Center’s testing and analyses directly support evaluations of the operational effectiveness and suitability of CM/CCM systems.
Specifically, the Center:
- Determines performance and limitations of missile warning and aircraft survivability equipment (ASE) used on rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft.
- Determines effectiveness of precision guided weapon (PGW) systems and subsystems when operating in an environment degraded by CMs.
- Develops and evaluates CM/CCM techniques and devices.
- Operates unique test equipment that supports testing across the DOD.
- Provides analyses and recommendations on CM/CCM effectiveness to Service Program Offices, DOT&E, DASD (DT&E) and the services.
- Supports service member exercises, training and pre-deployment activities.
The Center makes recommendations for improvements to system developers and decision-makers as well as to the OSD. These activities and recommendations contribute greatly to the production of robust ASE and CM-hardened U.S. weapons systems and the improved capabilities necessary for these systems to function effectively in the increasingly hostile environments found on the modern asymmetrical battlefield.
Fully mobile test teams from the Center are capable of operating under a wide variety of environmental CM/CCM test operation environments at CONUS and OCONUS locations. Personnel develop, maintain and operate an inventory of unique CM equipment and techniques not under development nor available within other DOD components’ programs.
For more information, call 575-678-7221, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Director, Center for Countermeasures, Building 1407, Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002-5519.
DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is a combat support agency of the DOD assigned the mission of safeguarding the United States and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD — chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive weapons) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate and counter the threat and mitigate its effects.
DTRA’s mission includes serving as the DOD focal point for the research, development, testing, evaluation and production of technology to support options against underground or hardened structures and other facilities. The agency provides end-to-end test event planning, management, safe execution, results analysis and threat-based, operationally realistic targets supporting DOD, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and various federal agencies and friendly nations’ programs to counter proliferation of WMD.
DTRA Research and Development Enterprise’s primary testing location is White Sands Missile Range, where it maintains a broad spectrum of target types on its test beds and directs the development and implementation of new weapons technologies against these targets. DTRA conducts a wide variety of research and development field tests to meet agency mission requirements. The agency headquarters is at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The DTRA Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Technologies Directorate Test Support Division of the Research and Development Enterprise is at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico. To learn more about DTRA, visit www.dtra.mil.
DOD AREA FREQUENCY COORDINATOR
The Department of Defense Area Frequency Coordinator at White Sands Missile Range, or DOD-AFC (WSMR), is responsible for coordinating and authorizing spectrum usage for DOD customers operating within the area of responsibility (AOR) defined as the entire state of New Mexico, west Texas, western Colorado and eastern Utah.
The DOD-AFC (WSMR) reports to Headquarters, Department of Army, Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), ACofS G-3/5, Current Operations Division, Spectrum Operations Branch. As such, the DOD-AFC follows the Army procedures and policies for coordinating spectrum allocation and authorization for research, development, acquisition, fielding and operation of Army material requiring spectrum support. The DOD-AFC provides direct spectrum support to the WSMR and Fort Bliss installation spectrum managers (ISMs).
As a DOD entity, DOD-AFC (WSMR) also provides ancillary spectrum support to the ISMs at Holloman AFB (Air Education and Training Command), Cannon AFB (Air Force Special Operations Command) and Kirtland AFB (Air Force Global Strike Command), as well as the Navy detachment at WSMR. As such, in addition to Army spectrum guidelines, the DOD-AFC (WSMR) must also follow the Air Force and Navy spectrum guidelines necessary to implement the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management and the provisions of Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 4650.1, Policy for Management and Use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
The area frequency coordinator is authorized to negotiate band sharing and mediate spectrum conflicts and radio interference directly with all area government and civil activities, to include NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). This decentralized organizational structure allows maximum flexibility for test operations and reduces the impact of lengthy processing at the national coordination level.
For additional information, contact the DOD-AFC (WMSR) office at 575-678-5417, DSN 258, or email email@example.com.
LOGISTICS READINESS CENTER
The Logistics Readiness Center (LRC), formerly Directorate of Logistics (DOL), is a leader in installation support, providing supply, equipment maintenance and repair, and transportation services in a timely and cost-effective manner to meet the requirements of the White Sands community and tenant organizations. Customers receive support through four divisions.
The Plans and Operation Division provides logistical planning and coordination for mission support, training and special events. It also provides equipment management for the garrison.
The Supply and Services Division orders, receives, stores and issues all classes of supply except medical through the SSA as well as operating the central receiving point. The Supply and Services Division also manages the Installation Property Book; Central Issue Facility; hazardous material management program (HAZMART); and Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant (POL) branches. The POL provides water and bulk fuel to remote areas of the range to support and sustain training throughout the ARFORGEN cycle, for test missions and special events. It also assists with financial liability investigations of property loss.
The Maintenance Division provides all types of maintenance services for tactical and nontactical vehicles, material handling equipment, combat equipment, construction equipment, power support equipment and weapons. The Generator Shop provides generator support for the test missions, training and special events and provides on-site repair of generators. The Maintenance Division oversees the reset mission.
The Transportation Division consists of three branches. The Personal Property Processing Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) is responsible for household goods (HHG) counseling and quality assurance for all government and military personnel arriving and departing within their area of responsibility. PPPO also assist with official travel coordinated through Carlson Wagonlit Travel/Sato Travel (CWT/SATO). The Freight Movement Branch (email@example.com) is responsible for the receiving and shipping all types of government/military cargo within its area of responsibility, which includes Truckload, Less-Than-Truckload and Small Package. The Vehicle Operations Branch (firstname.lastname@example.org) is responsible for the fleet management of non-tactical vehicles (NTV) leased from the General Services Administration (GSA). The Transportation Motor Pool (TMP) operations oversee the dispatch of the daily use U-Drive-It fleet and the monthly dispatch of mission support NTVs. Government equipment local transport and recovery is also a transportation service provided by this Branch.
For more information on the LRC, call 575-678-1743 or email: email@example.com
NASA’S WHITE SANDS TEST FACILITY
Located on the southwest corner of the White Sands Missile Range is NASA’s White Sands Test Facility (WSTF). WSTF maintains a key role in America’s space program and space-related technology by conducting tests on materials and components required in today’s innovative space vehicles and advancing the use of rocket engines that use nontoxic fuels through testing and evaluation.
An award-winning site, NASA’s White Sands Test Facility is a diverse testing facility used in support of NASA, other government agencies, the U.S. military and private industry. The facility is a remote component facility of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Located on 28 square miles, the White Sands Test Facility is a self-contained and remote testing entity. The facility has five core test capabilities: rocket propulsion testing, hypervelocity impact testing, propellants and aerospace fluids testing, oxygen systems testing and composite pressure systems testing. NASA’s White Sands Test Facility maintains a full-service facility for precision cleaning, repair and functional testing of fluid components. WSTF’s Hardware Processing Component Services Section (CSS) is responsible for the disassembly, cleaning, maintenance, reassembly and testing of pressure relief and pressure safety valves in compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Board Inspection Code (NBIC)/NB-23. After meeting the NBIC Part 3, Section 1 requirements, the WSTF Hardware Processing CSS is an approved “VR” certified facility holding the NBIC Certificate of Authorization and “VR” symbol stamp for the repair of pressure relief valves.
A key player in the space program since 1964, the test facility has created technical support capabilities for its customers, including chemistry and metallurgical laboratories, fabrication shops and clean rooms, which support the analysis, cleaning, refurbishment and calibration of equipment, hardware and test materials to stringent specifications. WSTF personnel have created safe system design and operations courses for oxygen, hydrogen, hypergolic propellants and other aerospace fluids and provide numerous opportunities for training and technology transfers of this information to other government agencies and private industry. NASA and contractors are all Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program Stars, denoting commitment and excellence to a safe work environment.
The facility maintains and operates nine rocket engine system test stands, six with long-duration, high-altitude simulation systems. In addition to existing hypergolic propulsion systems, WSTF also operates propellant supply systems for liquid oxygen, liquid methane and other hydrocarbons to enable testing of environmentally friendly, nontoxic rocket engines and propulsion systems. Other capabilities include a high-energy blast facility, oxygen-enriched atmosphere test facilities and hypervelocity impact test facilities. The site’s hypervelocity testing is invaluable to NASA’s understanding of micrometeoroid and orbital debris impacts to spacecraft to ensure the safety of crew and cargo. WSTF is engaged in extensive testing efforts to evaluate the compatibility of materials being considered for use in aerospace applications, including flammability and ignition susceptibility in varied atmospheres, off-gassing and out-gassing, thermal stability and toxicity. WSTF is involved in the evaluation and test of composite pressure systems safety, damage tolerance and use-life evaluation.
The site is certified to ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 Standard. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/centers/wstf, call Robert Cort at 575-524-5521 or write to NASA-WSTF, P.O. Box 20, Las Cruces, NM 88004 to request capabilities data sheets.
U.S. ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND (TRADOC) ANALYSIS CENTER — WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE
The Research and Analysis Center – White Sands Missile Range (TRAC-WSMR) is one of four elements of the TRADOC Analysis Center (TRAC), which is headquartered at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. TRAC is transitiioning to be a subordinate organization under the Army Futures Command, whose headquarters is at Austin, Texas. TRAC-WSMR is a highly skilled, analytic organization that conducts relevant studies of current and potential brigade-based military operations worldwide to inform decision-makers about the most challenging issues facing the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense.
Since its inception in 1987, TRAC-WSMR studies have underpinned key acquisition decisions regarding nearly every material initiative or program that has been considered by the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. TRAC WSMR’s three Studies and Analysis Directorates provide relevant and credible analysis to assess the effectiveness of current and future forces/systems.
To support the study process, TRAC-WSMR develops and maintains force-on-force combat simulations ranging from entity to brigade level. These include closed form, stochastic simulations and human-in-the-loop decision-making combat models. TRAC-WSMR assumes a major role in the research, development and improvement of combat modeling and simulation methodologies for the U.S. Army.
TRAC-WSMR has a robust Cost Analysis Division which projects the lifecycle costs of weapon systems, the associated personnel and facilities costs, and training costs. The TRAC WSMR cost division plays a vital role in each study that is completed and provides valuable information regarding the allocation of resources in the acquisition process.
Additionally, TRAC-WSMR has partnered with the Joint Modernization Command (JMC) to provide direct support to their efforts at Fort Bliss. TRAC-WSMR Forward is an integral part of the analysis that is conducted in support of the network, software and hardware advancements that are being developed as part of the BMC’s semi-annual experimentation.
Recent TRAC-WSMR studies include: Cannon Delivered Area Effects Munitions Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), Mobile Protected Firepower AoA, Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Support to Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and analysis to support Cross Functional Teams.
For more information, visit www.trac.army.mil or call 575-678-4611.
NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE SUPPORT TEAM
The mission of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is to provide accurate and timely expert analysis of worldwide gravity, satellite and positional information including imagery and mapping control for navigation, safety, intelligence, positioning and targeting in support of national security objectives. The White Sands Missile Range NGA Support Team acquires, analyzes, reduces and furnishes precise geodetic and geophysical survey information to WSMR Mission partners and other DOD customers outside WSMR. NGA provides ground truth verification for applications such as radar and telemetry calibration, operational test and evaluation, and target data for weapons testing as well as various special applications tailored to customer requirements. No one customer requirement is identical to another, and requirements are subject to change, as survey plans are fluid. For more information, contact Chief, White Sands Missile Range NGA Support Team, Building 1621, White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002 or call 575-678-2140.
TEST, MEASUREMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT SUPPORT CENTER
The Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Support Center (TSC) is a state-of-the-art, multidiscipline calibration facility with an extensive expertise in calibration and metrology, the science of measurement. Through laboratory hierarchy, the facilities secondary reference capability is traceable through the Army Primary Standards Laboratory (APSL) or the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The TSC provides electrical, electronic, electromechanical, physical and dimensional, and radiation calibration services. As a reference laboratory, it directly supports numerous civilian (TSC) and Soldier (ATST) Army calibration centers in the western U.S. to include Alaska, Hawaii and Kwajalein Island. The TSC provides direct support to the warfighter and Soldiers carrying out their mission throughout the world.
In addition to WSMR, FORSCOM and TRADOC, the TSC supports several RDT&E and depot activities. Some of its customers include the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Foreign Military Sales, NASA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, various contractors and New Mexico State University.
The unique capabilities of TSC White Sands make for a perfect match with the research and development mission of White Sands Missile Range and its test customers. The laboratory’s technical diversity and expertise provide a one-stop location for calibration and metrology customer support. For more information, call 575-678-3120.
SECRETARIAT, RANGE COMMANDERS COUNCIL
The Secretariat, Range Commanders Council (RCC), is the administrative arm of the RCC. The RCC was established in 1951 and is a collaboration of member ranges whose mission is to utilize their collective resources to identify and solve shared range problems. As the only full-time element of the RCC, the Secretariat serves as the executive agent for commanders, directors and senior technical staff for all 19 member ranges (including NASA). The Secretariat frequently interfaces with the Test Resource Management Center; Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E); and other key organizations to facilitate joint collaboration with the RCC on emerging issues impacting the range community. The Secretariat also publishes and disseminates technical standards widely cited as best practices by RCC members and nonmembers alike. Visit RCC’s website at www.wsmr.army.mil/RCCsite. It is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RangeCommandersCouncil and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/groups/Range-Commanders-Council-8296599/about. The Secretariat is in Building 1510. For more information, call 575-678-1107.