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Team White Sands

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White Sands Missile Range is the largest overland military test range in the United States, occupying some 3,200 square miles of southern New Mexico. Some of the world’s most advanced and sophisticated weapon systems are tested at the missile range each year. White Sands Missile Range organizations are known collectively as Team White Sands, each possessing a unique set of capabilities.

Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range

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White Sands Missile Range is a subordinate organization of the Army’s Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), which is a direct reporting unit under the chief of staff, Army. The general officer position is the senior commander on the installation and serves as the commanding general of WSMR. Staff organizations that report to the commanding general (CG) include the executive director, the chief of staff, installation safety/nuclear surety director, equal opportunity and the Staff Judge Advocate. The Public Affairs Office, Protocol, Process Improvement Office, Range Commanders Council, G1/7/8, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6 and G9 report to the chief of staff. Many of the staff organizations provide support to the CG as well as to other organizations on this installation. The test organizations are within the White Sands Test Center and discussed in a later section. The commander/director of the test center reports to the CG on test and evaluation issues. The G1/7/8 is tasked with managing the financial and manpower resources for the command. Additionally, managerial accounting, budgeting, management and manpower analysis are performed to support the operations of the command.


The Process Improvement Office serves White Sands Test Center by analyzing and improving its work processes using Lean Six Sigma methods. Lean Six Sigma is a customer-centered, systematic, data-driven approach to process improvement aimed at the near-elimination of defects from every process. Lean Six Sigma can be used for any activity that is concerned with cost, timeliness and quality of results. Lean Six Sigma eliminates excessive transportation, motion, inventory, waiting, overprocessing, overproduction and defects. For more information on using Lean Six Sigma for process improvement, call 575-678-5650.


The Protocol Office provides guidance in creating itineraries in support of distinguished visitors (O-6 and above and civilian equivalent) to the WSMR command. It provides guidance and support for command ceremonies and special events hosted by the commanding general. It also provides protocol advice to subordinate commands and community organizations. The Protocol Office plays an integral role during the preparation and execution of distinguished visits and events to ensure proper courtesies are rendered. For more information, call 575-678-1038 or email usarmy.wsmr.atec.list.protocol@mail.mil.


The Installation Safety Office (ISO) is a technically complex safety organization consisting of safety professionals from both the Garrison and Mission Safety. The ISO oversees the safety of 19 tenant activities operations on WSMR. The Installation Safety Office is committed to the health and safety of WSMR military, civilian employees and contractors. The White Sands Missile Range command safety philosophy is that the only acceptable level of injuries or incidents is zero. To achieve this, we will continuously improve our processes, require individual accountability and promote comprehensive safety awareness. We expect all military, civilian employees and contractors to be constantly mindful of potential hazards, faithfully adhere to our safety standards and actively participate in and support the advancement of our health and safety practices. Everyone shares in the responsibility of safety. The ISO also provides planning and direction for the dynamic Installation Nuclear Surety Program. For more information, call 575-678-2305 or email usarmy.wsmr.atec.mbx.safety@mail.mil.

U.S. Army Garrison, White Sands

White Sands_2019 Organizations and Missions US Army Garrison, White Sands

The U.S. Army Garrison provides White Sands Missile Range the capabilities and services that support expeditionary operations in a time of persistent conflict, provides the facilities and services to allow the tri-service testing and integration of our nation’s weapons and sensors, and provides a quality of life for our Soldiers and families commensurate with their service.

Key Tasks

  • Provide administrative services to acquire, support, educate and retain a quality workforce that meets the manpower needs of the Army.
  • Provide for the physical, behavioral and spiritual fitness of the WSMR community.
  • Provide a safe and secure work environment and high quality of life for WSMR residents.
  • Comply with all federal, state and local environmental, cultural, historical and hazardous materials laws and policies.
  • Provide the infrastructure and facilities to adequately house families and Soldiers, train Soldiers and test equipment.
  • Ensure the safety and health of the garrison and tenant workforce.
  • Prevent unlawful discrimination.
  • Set the conditions to maximize the contributions of every employee and Soldier.
  • Organize and support events for official visitors.
  • Provide a quality of life to Soldiers and their families that is commensurate with their service.


The Plans, Analysis and Integration Office conducts analytical reviews; monitors Army baseline standards; captures and enables implementation of best business practices; and identifies, tracks and orchestrates reporting of performance measures. This office is the garrison commander’s focal point for the Installation Strategic and Sustainability Plan and hosts the Installation Planning Board. For more information, call 575-678-1829.


The DPTMS is the principal garrison staff agency for all matters concerning installation plans, antiterrorism, emergency management, and garrison operations and security. The directorate manages two closely linked programs that protect the installation, its resources and its people from both man-made threats and natural disasters — the Installation Antiterrorism Program and the Installation Emergency Management Program.

The directorate also serves as the entry point for requirements levied against the garrison, maintains the long-range calendar and synchronizes our efforts to ensure we continuously work toward common goals.

The Security Office administers the garrison security programs to include security education and training, personnel security and information security. This office provides procedural guidance, advice and assistance for Army G2 security programs to all garrison activities. Additionally it supports processing of background investigations and administers security clearance actions, reporting adverse information under the continuous evaluation program.

The Plans and Operations Division prepares and coordinates operational, emergency, disaster and antiterrorism policies and directives for the installation. The antiterrorism officer manages the programs designed to protect our personnel, assets and capabilities from terrorist attacks, to include the insider threat. The emergency management officer ensures the integration of all crisis response planning on the installation, coordinates with civil agencies for military support to civil authorities and is responsible for the installation Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This office also coordinates and directs installation matters pertaining to exercises and the use of the small arms range complex.


The Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) provides law enforcement, physical security/access control, execution of force protection measures, fire/rescue emergency response and fire prevention/education support to the White Sands Missile Range community.

The White Sands Missile Range Fire and Emergency Services Division is committed to providing the highest level of broad-based fire, rescue and emergency medical services to those entrusted in our care. The fire department also provides fire facility inspections, plan reviews, fire prevention and education training. We will work to prevent harm to people, personnel, government property and the environment through education, training and prevention programs. Emergency phone: 575-678-1234. Non-emergency phone: 575-678-3585/4187. Email: usarmy.wsmr.imcom-central.list.fire-prevention-office@mail.mil.

The DES, Law Enforcement Division is responsible for coordinating the daily operations of law enforcement patrols, physical security and the DES police station. These functions include police patrols, specialized law enforcement training, criminal investigations, liaison with civilian law enforcement agencies, traffic accident investigations, animal control, funds escort and the game warden. DES police patrols are responsible for enforcing all laws, regulations and policies; deterring and detecting crime through motorized, walking and bicycle patrols; responding to calls for police assistance; assisting stranded motorists; speed enforcement and traffic accident investigations; investigations of law violations; access control; special events security; traffic control; and providing law enforcement duties during sanctioned hunts.

The DES dispatch serves as a consolidated fire and police 911 dispatch and alarm center, responsible for receiving, coordinating and dispatching all emergency responders to incidents on the White Sands Missile Range, and can assist in general information requirements. The DES Police Administration Section provides administrative support to the White Sands Police Station and to the installation. Activities include processing reports; conducting queries for statistical data documents; assisting in traffic tickets and assessment of traffic points; and transmitting and receiving reports from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The office coordinates the issuance of bars for access to the installation, coordinates the driving privilege revocation or suspension letters for operating a motor vehicle on WSMR, and provides police reports to law enforcement, legal section and customers. This section also provides crime and traffic accident statistics to the director of emergency services, the installation and its tenant units to provide commanders/directors with the necessary information to make security and safety decisions based on these statistics. For more information, contact 575-678-1234/7675.


The Directorate of Human Resources (DHR) provides individual, family and community support services and programs for Team White Sands. The directorate coordinates, recommends and provides authoritative analysis, advice and services, enabling commanders and directors to provide leadership in executing their military and garrison civilian personnel management responsibilities. In addition, the directorate helps maintain readiness of units, individuals, families and communities by developing, coordinating and delivering social service programs and education services that promote self-reliance, resiliency, professional development and stability.

The Military Personnel Division (MPD) is responsible for providing military personnel manning and support functions for the garrison and other resident organizations. The office provides information on military personnel requirements, authorizations, levels of fill and distribution of personnel resources, and readiness management. Soldiers, family members, DOD civilians/contractors and retirees are provided with a wide range of personnel services support that includes (where applicable) military personnel records support, sponsorship, military awards, identification cards, official passports, retirement services, personnel automation, consolidated in- and out-processing, mobilization processing and reassignment processing, as well as assistance with the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program. The office is also a liaison in support of Army Casualty, Mortuary Operations and Memorial Affairs. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. For information, call 575-678-7645.

The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) manager administers the Substance Abuse Prevention and Suicide Prevention programs. These include drug testing, prevention and awareness training to deter and reduce alcohol and other substance abuse. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) under ASAP is a comprehensive service designed to help employees with problems that affect their ability to do their jobs. The services may include screenings, short-term counseling, referrals and prevention services. Services are available for eligible DOD civilian employees and their families, as well as military family members. For information, call 575-678-1957/2112/4689.

The Fort Bliss Army Continuing Education System (ACES) serves the WSMR community and Soldiers with education services that include education counseling, college programs, financial aid and distance learning; personnel testing; and leader enhancement. For information, call 575-678-4716 (Mondays only) or 915-568-6792.

The Administrative Services Division (ASD) provides support and services including records management and training personnel under the Army Records Information Management System (ARIMS); stocking of DA, DOD and other forms and publications supporting WSMR organizations; review and processing of all local publications for signature; review and approval of all local forms; administering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA); operation of the Mail & Distribution Center (OMDC), processing all incoming and outgoing official mail; and operation of the Installation Records Holding Area (RHA). For more information, call 575-678-8513.

The Workforce Development (WFD) Program provides information, support and assistance to the Garrison leadership and workforce in furthering personal and professional development; workforce planning and assistance in the development of Garrison employees; helps employees access and master the Army’s Centralized Education System (CES) for training and development; and supports the IMCOM framework for how the command supports, develops and manages training and leader/workforce development. For information, call 575-678-5347.


The Directorate of Public Works provides post support services to include public works services and environmental conservation and compliance programs to Team White Sands Missile Range elements and organizations with specialties as follows:

Housing Services (HS) provides relocation assistance and referral services for off-post housing to service members, families and DOD civilians. Housing assists community landlords, Realtors and apartment managers by inspecting their properties and listing them on Homes.mil as approved dwellings for the military community.

Unaccompanied Housing (UH) provides barrack rooms and furniture support and coordinates any service orders required for all single service members in the grade of SGT and below.

The Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) is a liaison between the government and Balfour Beatty. All personnel, active duty (including geographical bachelors), DOD civilians, contractors and general public are welcome to apply for housing on post at White Sands Missile Range. For more information, call 575-678-4691

The Environmental Division provides services in support of Team White Sands to ensure compliance with environmental laws and policies, the integration of environmental sustainability principles of all mission activities, and the conservation and enhancement of natural resources to maintain installation readiness and environmental stewardship to secure the environment for future generations. The support is accomplished through the Customer Support, Environmental Compliance and Conservation branches. For more information, call 575-678-2225.

The Master Planning Division is responsible for comprehensive installation management of government-owned or controlled buildings, structures and other assets. Accountable for the following activities. For more information, call 575-678-2368.

The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Division maintains the entire infrastructure on WSMR. This includes operating Water/Waste Water treatment plants, maintaining roadways and grounds, and performing everyday maintenance and upkeep of facilities. This division supports contract management as it relates to facility/HVAC Augmentation Contractor, custodial and ground maintenance. This division provides all utility dig permits on WSMR and is responsible for snow and sand removal. For more information, call 575-678-4841.

The Engineering Services Division is responsible for design, contract and project management for new and existing facilities within White Sands Missile Range. The division provides architectural and engineering services, Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) and installations’ Sustainment Management System (SMS), i.e. BUILDER, PAVER and ROOFER upkeep. For more information, call 575-678-8744.

The Business Operations and Integration Division (BOID) is responsible for mission support. Support is given on a work order/service basis and can be submitted 24 hours a day through e-DPW. Facility representatives may be obtained by sending a completed DD 577 form to usarmy.wsmr.imcom-central.mbx.dpw-service-desk. BOID is comprised of two branches. For more information, call 575-678-7098.


Garrison Resource Management oversees resource allocations for all support activities, including budget formulation, control and execution; accounting policy; funding manpower resources; developing installation support agreements; providing customer service for payroll; monitoring the Government Travel Card Program; and providing accountability to the American public. Call 575-678-2204.

The Budget Division is responsible for programming, budgeting, controlling and administering the use of appropriated funds. It serves as the principal point of contact below the garrison command group for solving problems in the resource management arena. Call 575-678-1821 for more information.

People are the Army’s most important resource. The Manpower Division’s challenge is to ensure White Sands Missile Range organizations have the right number of people to do the job and an efficient organizational structure to best use its personnel. Call 575-678-2820 for more information.

The Management Analysis and Agreements Division manages a variety of programs in support of the garrison mission. It works with customers to coordinate management improvement programs, principles and practices to achieve efficient and effective operations. Call 575-678-1998 for more information.

Payroll Customer Services Division manages a variety of programs in support of the WSMR mission. It is responsible for applying a working knowledge of payroll procedures and requirements pertaining to pay, leave and benefit deductions. It receives and processes documents from employees to authorize changes that affect their payroll account to include address changes, allotment initiations and changes, and changes in tax status (W-4s). For information, call 575-678-3366.

White Sands Test Center

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The White Sands Test Center (WSTC) is responsible for planning and conducting tests at White Sands Missile Range. The center command position is a board command-selected position from the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology ASA at the colonel or GS-15 level. WSTC reports to the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. Call 575-678-1959.

An integral part of test operations, Army Air Operations (WSA) operates four UH-1H Huey helicopters, five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and a C-12 King air twin turboprop aircraft to support on- and off-range test customers. The fleet is used to search and recover critical test components. The UH-1s and the C-12 can be modified with various instrument packages, sensors and payloads to support test missions. All WSMR aircraft can be used as photo/chase platforms. WSA helicopters are also capable of external load operations.


The Range Operations Directorate (RO) establishes and implements policies, programs and procedures; coordinates range operations and data measurements; and has complete flight safety control for all missiles, rockets, munitions and other devices launched from or into WSMR, or which pass through WSMR controlled airspace.

The directorate conducts flight safety management, schedules and controls all range operations, and operates a vast inventory of instrumentation used in the test and evaluation of systems and weapons. Data are collected on any variety of assets such as missiles, rockets, aircraft, bombs, munitions, ground systems and targets. The primary data collection systems are telemetry, radar, optics, Global Positions System (GPS), timing, meteorology and remote target control. Various instrumentation systems are used to receive, record and relay test data. This data is processed for real-time display at facilities where test conductors, flight safety officers and range controllers monitor and manage the test. Post mission, the data is used for comprehensive analysis of a given test. An important test enabler capability is the White Sands Integrated Target Control System (WITS). The WITS enables the range to provide target presentations for weapons tests. The WITS is fully certified to control a wide variety of targets to include both full-scale drones (e.g., QF-4 and QF-16) and subscale aircraft drones. As a full-service system, the WITS also controls dynamic ground vehicles such as consumer and tactical assets that range from pickup trucks to tanks. Instrumentation systems are available for measuring basic physical properties, including mass, temperature, force, pressure, position, velocity and acceleration. Acoustic and electro-optics instrumentation is also available, including visible and infrared imaging and nonimaging systems. Virtually all test support capabilities are transportable to enable the range to reconfigure as required to support specific test program requirements. This ability also enables the range to regularly “safari” test support to locations worldwide. In addition to traditional range instrumentation, the directorate operates the Aerial Cable Range (ACR). The ACR is a 3-mile-long Kevlar cable strung between two mountain peaks. Large targets can be suspended and rocket-propelled down the cable or drop-tested.

For more information, visit the WSMR website at www.wsmr.army.mil or call 575-678-2400. Write to: Director, Range Operations Directorate, White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002.


The Materiel Test Directorate (MT) provides evaluation of systems, materiel and equipment through field, laboratory and sponsors testing on WSMR for DOD, foreign, space and industry customers. Throughout its history, MT has tested a wide variety of hardware, both U.S. and foreign. Among these are air defense missile systems, including the Stinger, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor, Patriot/Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3), surface-to-surface rocket and missile systems including Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and its variants (guided and unitary), High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) and various unmanned aerial vehicles.

The testing of today’s complex systems continues to dominate the MT workload. A typical test program will include several components: the review of system performance requirements; the development of detailed test plans; tests ranging from component, subsystem and system to software verification; validation of human factors assessments; and finally, the firing of rockets and missiles.

At each testing step, data are collected and analyzed. Finally, overall system assessments are made to assure systems are ready for Soldiers in the field. To accomplish the complex task of testing, a core team consisting of a project engineer, systems analyst and test conductor is formed. The project engineer is the focal point for all project-related test activities. He or she is responsible for planning, coordinating, executing and reporting test results and associated data analysis. The test conductor is responsible for accomplishing the test program and for directing the actual test efforts.

A key activity in the successful development and execution of an effective test program is system analysis. Systems analysts are assigned to each project to develop and implement a comprehensive test and evaluation program. Throughout a given program, analysts review the test requirements, develop detailed test plans, and monitor the collection of data during test and simulation activities. Upon completion of the test program, results are assembled to quantify the system’s performance. These assessments, along with data accuracy and confidence-level quality indicators, are presented in final test reports.

Explosive testing capabilities include facilities for safety tests such as fire, drop, bullet impact, sympathetic detonation and others. Warhead arena tests, warhead penetration tests and failure analysis of explosive components also are available. Maximum data collection for failure analysis on lethal weapon systems and submunitions can be conducted remotely using a robotic Remote Area Disassembly Vehicle.

In addition to controlled environment testing, the actual operation of the system is tested, which in many cases involves the launching of a rocket or missile. Reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) information, including MANPRINT factors and safety data, is collected and evaluated during these tests. MT provides knowledgeable reliability engineers and equipment specialists to develop test methodology and to plan customer reliability and maintainability test programs. Test data from the programs are processed in the Developmental Test Command (DTC) Standard Data Collection System and provide test incident reports to assess overall system performance. These performance parameters indicate utility and effectiveness of the system so MT can assure the best systems possible are fielded.

For systems with embedded software, a unique requirement-oriented software assessment methodology targeted at the system performance level can be applied. The approach is focused at the software’s requirement level and deliberately avoids further debugging of the contractor’s computer code. Simulation techniques are available for evaluation of systems under test.

Mathematical models of systems, subassemblies and major components can be assembled and executed on digital computer systems. The results of simulations can help determine range safety boundaries, preflight and post-flight analysis, environmental effects on system functions and overall system performance in preparation for live firings.

MT has experience in a variety of other technical activities that are test-related. Some examples include supporting the systems engineering process, performing software independent verification and validation, monitoring developer (contractor) testing, assisting in establishing the extent to which simulation could and should be used, assisting in the verification and validation of simulations, and assisting in the identification of data collection and data reduction requirements.

When appropriate, MT coordinates requirements with the Range Operations Directorate to conduct live rocket or missile firings. This coordination determines the launch and impact site, the use of targets, and the type and accuracy of data required. For more information, visit the WSMR website at www.wsmr.army.mil or call 575-678-1241/1243. Write to: Director, Materiel Test Directorate, White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002-5158.


The Survivability, Vulnerability and Assessment Directorate (SVAD) offers complete laboratory capabilities for nuclear environments, electromagnetic environments, and applied environment test and evaluation. As part of the laboratory capabilities, the SVAD has complete ionizing radiation simulation environments and testing expertise. The SVAD also provides extensive electromagnetic environment simulation and testing expertise. Finally, the SVAD provides myriad other environments and capabilities ranging from high and low temperatures to salt, fog, rain, shock and vibration, and a chemical laboratory.

Ionizing Radiation Test Capabilities

Major nuclear effects test facilities operated by SV include:

  • White Sands Solar Furnace (WSSF): The WSSF produces intense thermal pulses or steady-state thermal radiation exposures to simulate the thermal radiation from detonation of a nuclear weapon. At full power, the energy generated by the WSSF can penetrate a half-inch stainless steel plate in 40 seconds.
  • PI-538 Flash X-ray Facility: The PI-538 is a high-energy, pulsed, field-emission electron beam or Bremsstrahlung X-ray source. It provides an energy source of short duration for determining material responses to rapid and in-depth energy deposition and is a particularly cost-effective means of testing relatively large items. The system is optimized to produce an output that can irradiate substantial volumes at levels exceeding 1.0E10 cGy(Si) per second over a 50-square-centimeter area.
  • Linear Electron Accelerator (LINAC): The LINAC is designed to simulate the high-intensity gamma spike associated with a nuclear weapon detonation by producing high-intensity, short-duration pulses of high-energy electron radiation for threat-level exposures.
  • Gamma Radiation Facility (GRF): The GRF is designed to provide the total gamma dose and residual gamma dose environments needed for nuclear effects testing on virtually any size item. The GRF is used primarily for Transient Radiation Effects on Electronics (TREE) experiments and verification tests of systems for gamma dose survivability. However, the uses of the GRF are diverse, including radiography and shielding experiments and nuclear power plant equipment and materials verification, as well as calibration and operational testing of military RADIAC instrumentation.
  • Fast Burst Reactor (FBR): The FBR is an unmoderated and unreflected cylindrical assembly of uranium and molybdenum alloy. The FBR produces high-yield pulses of microsecond width, as well as long-term, steady-state radiation, to closely simulate the neutron radiation environment produced by a fission weapon. Its principal use has been and continues to be the testing of electronic devices to a fast neutron environment. Additionally, it can be combined with the PI-538 Flash X-ray to provide a synergistic combined test environment.
  • DS-20 Panoramic Irradiator: The DS-20 Panoramic Irradiator is used for gamma dose simulation testing. The facility is capable of providing dose rates between 50 and 0.01 rad(Si) per second in the direct beam with no attenuation. The Eldorado can also operate in an extended operation mode to fulfill the unique requirements of Space Radiation Environment tests. Utilizing off-axis irradiations or aluminum attenuators, lower dose rates are achieved.

In addition to these ionizing radiation producing facilities, the SV also provides test and support capabilities in conjunction with the nuclear facilities with the Semiconductor Test Laboratory and the Radiation Tolerance Assured Supply and Support Center.

The Semiconductor Test Laboratory (STL) enables all types of discrete, active and custom semiconductors to be characterized and then tested by exposure to the appropriate initial nuclear radiation (INR) environment. Due to a rapid transfer system between the four INR facilities and STL, detailed post exposure characterization of test samples can be initiated within 2 minutes. More than a dozen experienced engineers have characterized and tested more than 5,000 types of electronic devices during the past 13 years. Parametric characterizations are performed on the following mainframe testers:

Teradyne FLEX Teradyne MicroFLEX
Teradyne A580 Teradyne J750 (2 ea.)
Teradyne A575 Kalos Memory Tester (3 ea.)
ASL3000-RF ASL3000 (3 ea.)
Diamond 10 Various bench top equipment

The Radiation Tolerance Assured Supply and Support Center (RTASSC) has both ISO 9001:2008 and DLA Lab Suitability QMS certifications and is a service-oriented supply and support center dedicated to assist military and space system program offices with diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages, proactive and reactive management and solutions, and radiation tolerance (RT) “cradle-to-grave” life cycle management and solutions. The RTASSC does this through temperature- and humidity-controlled carousel storage units and dry nitrogen storage containers.

Electromagnetic Test Capabilities: The SV operates extensive Electromagnetic (EM) Environmental Effects (E3) test facilities to support the requirements for test and evaluation of weapons systems while being subjected to electromagnetic environments (EMEs). SVE3 test and evaluation capabilities include:

  • Electromagnetic radiation (EMR).
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI).
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD).
  • Electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
  • EM radiation hazards
  • (fuel, ordnance and personnel).
  • High power microwave (HPM).
  • Lightning effects (LE).

Pulsed Laser Vulnerability Test System (PLVTS): The PLVTS is the largest pulsed CO2 laser in the United States, designed to support susceptibility and vulnerability testing of EO/IR tactical weapon systems. Fully transportable and self-contained, PLVTS is capable of providing tactical threat environments at virtually any test range in the U.S. or in the world.

High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse The SV Horizontal Advanced Fast (HEMP): Electromagnetic Pulse Simulator (AFEMPS) is a fast rise time free-field EMP simulator (MIL-STD-2169B), with a 30-by-30-meter test area. The SV Vertical EMP simulator (VEMPS)is a fast rise time free-field EMP simulator (MIL-STD-2169B), with a 30-by-30-meter test area. The SV also has an RS105 Transverse EM test cell.

Lightning Test Facility (LTF): The LTF is capable of simulating both the direct and indirect lightning strike characteristic required in lightning effect testing. To simulate the direct strike of lightning, there is a high-current bank capable of producing 200,000 amps.

High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF): The High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF), operated by the Survivability Vulnerability and Assessment Directorate (SVAD), is a component of ATEC-WSMR. SVAD’s Directed Energy (DE) facilities cover the high power microwave (HPM) and high energy laser (HEL) spectrum. SVAD’s experienced workforce at HELSTF, coupled with the extensive land and airspace at White Sands Missile Range, provide a one-of-a-kind capability for a wide variety of laser propagation, lethality, survivability, vulnerability and dynamic engagements for high energy laser test and evaluation. The HELSTF represents an investment of approximately $800 million, offering a wide array of expertise, instrumentation and unique high energy laser infrastructure to support laser technology programs and weapon system development and testing approved for above-the-horizon high energy laser propagation. HELSTF is transforming its infrastructure to keep pace with changing technologies. Modernization efforts include transforming the infrastructure from chemical-based laser technology to solid-state technology; fully upgrading mission control systems; and fielding mobile diagnostic suites. These modernization efforts assisted the development and testing of future HEL technologies and maintain HELSTF as the organization of choice for testing HEL weapon systems. Key assets include:

  • Solid State Laser Testbed (SSLTB): Leveraging the capability of the tactical high energy laser (THEL), HELSTF has converted components of the THEL to serve as a test bed for solid-state laser systems under development. This is the nation’s highest power solid-state laser and will provide for the investigation of high-power laser propagation effects, target lethality and engagements of short-range tactical rockets, artillery and mortars. Future efforts may include the integration of other developmental lasers and systems operating at solid-state wavelengths.
  • Sea Lite Beam Director (SLBD): A high-precision beam director system built by Hughes Aircraft Co., the Sea Lite Beam Director provides the capability to track highly maneuverable short-range and long-range targets. The optics coated for the infrared and visible allow the beam director to also serve as a high-resolution imaging system to record laser engagement data and missile test data conducted at WSMR.
  • 20 kW Solid State Fiber Laser: HELSTF owns and operates a 20 kW fiber laser welder device as part of a high energy laser capability for solid-state laser testing. The device is housed in a container, with its ancillary equipment, which can be transported to any location to support high energy laser testing.
  • Pulsed Laser Vulnerability Test System (PLVTS): The PLVTS is the largest pulsed CO2 laser in the United States, designed to support susceptibility and vulnerability testing of EO/IR tactical weapon systems. Fully transportable and self-contained, PLVTS is capable of providing tactical threat environments at virtually any test range in the U.S. or in the world.
  • Advanced Pointer Tracker (APT): The APT is a mobile, tactical-size HEL beam director to address critical pointing and tracking issues with a flexible, government-operated, open architecture. Prior significant capital investments provide for survivability tests, risk reduction tests and proof of concept demonstrations. Weapon HEL traceable software such as aim-point designation and maintenance algorithms are tested. Traceable components are evaluated to determine suitability for combat use (sensors, input and output windows, gyros, fire control, optics and beam path conditioning, etc.). Also low- and high-power survivability testing is conducted against static and dynamic targets in tactical beam propagation environments. Broadband optical coatings provide a multi-wavelength illumination and imaging capability.
  • Target Reflected Energy Measurement (TREM) System: The TREM measures in-band laser radiation reflected from a ground target (static or spinning target). This capability was developed by the Directed Energy Test and Evaluation Capability (DETEC) program to address HEL T&E instrumentation shortfalls.
  • Ground Target Irradiance Measurement (GTIM) System: The GTIM measures at the target the irradiance distribution of an incident continuous wave (CW) laser beam in the near-infrared (NIR) portion of the spectrum. This shortfall represented the need for a capability to provide time-dependent spatial distributions of CW laser irradiance in the NIR. The GTIM capability was developed by the DETEC program.
  • HEL Hazardous Test Area (HTA): Located 900 meters downrange from the laser test cells, the HTA is used for large targets or targets with significant amounts of high explosive. The site is fully instrumented and has remotely controlled diagnostic equipment.
  • Optical Maintenance Facility (OMF): The OMF provides an on-site, large, clean-room capability to clean, characterize (wavefront/damage threshold) and install optics of virtually any type.
  • Large Vacuum Chamber (LVC): The LVC is a 50-foot-diameter sphere and system capable of producing a vacuum equivalent to a 650,000-foot altitude. It is the only large vacuum chamber in the country where weapon-class HEL beams can be propagated in the chamber through an 800-foot evacuated beam tube. Also, weapon system altitude qualification tests can be conducted. There is a removable, sectioned internal track platform inside the chamber that is designed to support very large and heavy test articles. One 30-ton and three 3-ton externally mounted hoists are provided at the top of the LVC for target handling. Numerous “hard” points within the LVC allow for positioning of the test article in virtually any configuration. A remotely controlled retargeting mirror allows engagement of targets within the LVC.

Applied Environments Test Capabilities: The SV also has numerous applied environment test laboratories to determine if systems can effectively operate in diverse real-world conditions. SV can subject an entire system to extreme low- and high-temperature environments in climatic test facilities. Temperature tests can be run on complete systems or individual components. The capability also exists to expose both the system and its components to rigorous dust, wind, fungus and other phenomenon. Shock and vibration facilities that duplicate typical life cycle environments are also available.

Temperature Test Facility
  • Hazardous Large Chamber (105 feet long by 40 feet wide by 50 feet high).
  • Small Chamber (35 feet long by 30 feet wide by 20 feet high).
  • Multipurpose Chamber (70 feet by 24 feet by 21 feet).
  • Salt Fog and Humidity Chamber (20 feet long by 15 feet wide by 10 feet high).
Environmental Test Area II (ETA-II)
  • Humidity and Salt Fog (5 to 100 percent).
  • Rain (0.5 to 27 inches per hour).
  • Full Spectrum Solar (360 Btu per hour per square foot).
  • Sand and Dust Chamber.
  • Outdoor Blowing Sand Facility.
  • Outdoor Rain Facility.
Shock and Vibration
  • Vibration — logistic and tactical transportation environments.
  • Shock — rough handling, drop, multiple waveforms, pendulum impact, acceleration.
  • Loose cargo vibration.
  • Rail impact.
  • Acceleration.
Microbiological/Chemical/Metallurgical Laboratory
  • ORLAB-certified.
  • Project support (centralized and field work).
  • Missile exhaust gas analysis.
  • Explosives analysis.
  • Failure analysis.
  • Identification of unknown samples.
  • Hazardous waste characterization.
  • PCB analysis.
  • Air and water quality measurements.
  • Spill characterizations.
  • Fungus testing.
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of Material
  • Failure and material analysis on metallic, nonmetallic and advanced engineering materials.
X-Ray Inspection
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM).
  • Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyzer.
  • Lietz optical metallograph.
  • Wilson digital hardness tester.
  • Wilson microhardness tester with digital interface.

For more information, call: 575-678-1161/5584/0655/5699/5070.


The Information Management Directorate (WSI) manages and operates WSMR information and communication resources for the successful accomplishment of the WSMR Test Mission. It is the single point of contact for information technology (IT) services in support of the WSMR test mission and all its customers to include DOD, foreign, space and industry customers. The directorate manages IT infrastructure and architecture as well as develops long-range strategic plans for WSTC information and communication resources at WSMR consistent with forecasted test mission requirements. Our organizational mission is to be the provider of choice for the full spectrum of Information and Communications Technology and Information Management Services, including Distributed Networks, Data Management, Frequency Spectrum Management, and Secure Communications, in support of the WSMR workforce and Test Mission. The directorate consists of the Office of Director, Projects Office, Network Services Division and Mission Services Division.

The Cyber Security Management Office (WS-G6-C) provides installation-level information assurance (IA) services and security engineering support to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of mission-critical networks, systems and data. It implements the Army IA Program and provides all services as defined by NETCOM C4IM Service 18. Services available include training and certification, policy and planning, vulnerability management, compliance auditing, DIACAP and certification and accreditation support, and Communications Security (COMSEC). This office also operates a computer forensics laboratory capable of providing evidentiary-quality analysis of computer-based communications for the protection of government computer systems and networks. This office supports White Sands Test Center (WSTC) IA services for all customers and tenants utilizing the test networks.

The Distributed Systems Division (WS-G6-D) directs the development and support of intra- and inter-networks for local and distributed test and training for WSMR in support of WSTC, WSMR and WSMR partners to include operations with ATEC partner sites and other commands. It provides and promotes standardization of network processes to align with CIO/G6, ATEC, DCSIM, industry, standard architectures, COTS products and to leverage Test Control M&S tools developed within ATEC as well as provide engineering support with other WS-G6 divisions. This division consists of the Network Operations Branch, the Radio Spectrum Branch and the Transmission Branch.

The Projects Office (WSI-P) is the customer service “front door” for the Information Management Directorate. The Projects Office provides test mission planning, project management and customer fulfillment services for all directorate operations and services. Customer requirements are gathered and analyzed, cost estimates are generated and negotiated, and directorate support providers are coordinated, all according to sound project management processes to ensure mission success. As program managers, they are the directorate’s single point of contact for committing resources in support of on- and off-range mission testing as well as non-test mission telecommunication customer requirements.

The Mission Services Division (WSI-M) directs the operations and support of intra- and inter-range networks and audiovisual services for local and distributed test and training missions in support of WSMR customers. It promotes standardization of network processes to align with CIO/G6, ATEC, industry, standard architectures, COTS products and to leverage Test Control Modeling and Simulation tools developed within ATEC as well as provide engineering support with other WSI divisions. This division consists of the Electronics Documentation Branch, the Field Operations Branch and the Network Operations Branch.

The Electronic Documentation Branch (WSI-ME) performs management oversight of audiovisual support services for test mission and general support requirements. These services include still digital media for documentation, high-definition digital and analog video for documentation and production, digital and high-definition online editing, media reproduction, graphic arts, photo printing and imaging. This branch provides official DA photo and passport photo services and maintains an extensive photo and video archive that documents the history of White Sands Missile Range and its role in defending our nation.

The Field Operations Branch (WSI-MF) provides critical support to all WSMR missions. The support encompasses the entire WSMR complex and requires real-time management of transport systems and networks between information management facilities and customer locations. Personnel in this section set up all telephone, intercom, and special data and video circuits, UHF and VHF radios, ground-to-air radio links and microwave links prior to missions and ensure that all mission requirements are met. Personnel work the communications technical control facilities and operate the various mobile telecommunications units, including command control flight termination system (CC/FTS) mobiles and mobile technical control communications units. The branch is composed of the North Range Section at Stallion Range Center, the Central Range Section at Holloman Air Force Base and the South Range Section near main post.

The Network Operations Branch (WSI-MN) is composed of the Network Operations Center (NOC) and the Inter-Range Control Center (IRCC). The NOC provides daily mission support through monitoring, controlling and maintaining the telecommunications network transport system and monitoring commercial power, circuit alarms and transport-related alarms. The NOC controls circuit and bandwidth allocations for the telecommunications network and maintains the telecommunications transport system by providing technical and software support. The IRCC provides local and distributed test mission support by conducting engineering, design, planning and coordination activities to establish requirements and provide solutions for distributed test conduct, distributed networks, test data collection, display and distributed asset integration. It manages distributed tests by controlling and monitoring distributed networks, monitoring test data for quality, providing necessary displays and test applications for test participants, and providing overall event management and go and no-go decision-making.

The Network Operations Branch (WS-G6-DN) provides local and distributed test mission support.

The Inter-Range Operations Section (WS-G6-DNI) conducts engineering, design, planning and coordination activities to establish requirements and provide solutions for distributed test conduct, distributed networks, test data collection, display and distributed asset integration. It manages distributed tests during the event by controlling and monitoring distributed networks, monitoring test data for quality, providing necessary displays and test applications for test participants, and providing overall event management and go and no-go decision-making. Additionally, it manages a NIE-test facility by maintaining configuration management of hardware, software and facilities in support of network integration test activities.

The Network Operations Section (WS-G6-DNN) provides daily mission support through monitoring, controlling and maintaining the telecommunications network transport system and monitoring commercial power, circuit alarms and transport-related alarms. WS-G6-DNN controls circuit and bandwidth allocations for the telecommunications network and maintains the telecommunications transport system by providing technical and software support.

The Radio Spectrum Branch (WS-G6-DR) provides day-to-day engineering support for the various radio frequency systems, to include command and control and flight termination systems, read-back receiver systems, ground-to-air radio systems, land-mobile trunk radio systems and frequency surveillance systems. It also provides engineering layouts, diagrams, schematics and configurations for the radio frequency systems as well as coordinates with range flight safety personnel to provide the necessary interfaces and feedback systems to satisfy range safety requirements.

The Installation Spectrum Management Office (ISMO) is responsible for managing frequency allocation and authorization for all Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum users at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR); which includes all WSMR controlled real estate and test sites.

The Installation Spectrum Management Office adheres to the Army spectrum management functional processes necessary to implement the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management and the provisions of Dept. of Defense Directive (DoDD) 4650.1. Per Army Regulation 5-12, all RF spectrum dependent equipment used by individuals, units, and organizations on a U.S. Army Installation will obtain spectrum certification prior to equipment use and must have the authorization of the ISMO to operate said equipment prior to use, whether the system is FCC licensed or not (Part 15/Annex K of the NTIA Manual).

Our services include, but are not limited to: frequency authorizations, spectrum coordination, frequency de-confliction, and RF interference reporting. Our goal is to provide efficient and effective planning, coordination, and management of available spectrum resources to allow our customers to operate in a safe and interference free environment.

For information, please contact the Installation Spectrum Management Office (ISMO) at 575-678-1193, DSN 258, or email usarmy.wsmr.atec.list.ism@mail.mil.

The Transmission Branch (WS-G6-DT) provides day-to-day engineering support of the rangewide telecommunications transport network system. It provides systems engineering for the outside plant cable infrastructure to include copper and fiber optic cables and the expansion and migration of the existing fiber optic transport network to the latest technologies, including wireless networking, offering state-of-the-art capabilities and functionality as dictated by Army and DOD policies. It provides engineering layouts, diagrams, schematics and drafting services to division-, branch- and section-level personnel and provides configuration control databases with inputs and updates for network and circuit record documentation for areas throughout the range. This branch consists of the Transmission Engineering, Installation and Field Operations sections.

The Transmission Engineering Section (WS-G6-DTE) provides systems engineering for the outside plant cable infrastructure to include copper and fiber optic cables. It provides systems engineering for the expansion and migration of the existing fiber optic transport network to the latest technologies, to include wireless network extensions, offering state-of-the-art capabilities and functionality dictated by DOD and Army policies. It provides engineering layouts, diagrams, schematics and drafting services to division-, branch- and section-level personnel. It provides configuration control databases with inputs and updates for network and circuit record documentation for areas throughout the range.

The Installation Section (WS-G6-DTI) provides installation, repair, relocation, modification and fabrication support of communications equipment. It provides inside cable installation, maintenance of special purpose communications systems and installation, maintenance and repair of cable plant systems for all of WSMR. Additionally, this section installs and brings to service total communications systems (i.e., microwave and fiber optic local area network and transmission systems).

The Field Operations Section (WS-G6-DTF) provides critical support to all WSMR missions. The support encompasses the entire WSMR complex and requires real-time management of transport systems and networks between information management facilities and customer locations. Personnel in this section set up all telephone, intercom, and special data and video circuits, UHF and VHF radios, ground-to-air radio links and microwave links prior to missions and ensure that all mission requirements are met. Personnel work the communications technical control facilities and operate the various mobile telecommunications units, including frequency surveillance mobiles, command control flight termination system (CC/FTS) mobiles and mobile technical control communications units.

The Enterprise Services Division (WS-G6-E) supports both mission and standard Army Signal communications. This division, in conjunction with the U.S. Army 106th Signal Brigade, provides Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Management (C4IM) services as a NETCOM Network Enterprise Center (NEC). This division also provides myriad real-time telecommunications support to all on-range, off-range and various outside-the-continental United States (OCONUS) missions. Off-range mission support is provided at: Fort Wingate, New Mexico; Cordova, Alaska; Yuma, Arizona; Washington state; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and other locations. The Enterprise Services Division consists of the Communications Branch, the Electronic Documentation Branch, the Information Assurance Branch, the Plans Branch, and the Systems and Networks Branch.

The Communications Branch (WS-G6-EC) provides communications systems and support as identified by NETCOM C4IM Service 15. The White Sands Missile Range telephone system operates as a private telephone network. The main telephone switch interconnects with 11 remote telephone switches throughout the installation. To connect to the outside world, WSMR leases local trunk lines, which connect into public telephone network switches in Las Cruces, Alamogordo and Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Fort Bliss, El Paso and Socorro, Texas. WSMR also has long-haul trunk lines that tie into the Federal Telephone System (FTS) and Defense System Network (DSN).

The Telephone Services Section (WS-G6-ECT) manages telephone services, telecommunications support contracts and leased communications services (cellphones, Blackberries, commercial voice and data circuits, etc.). This section manages the operation of the Inside-Plant (Telephone Dial Central Office/Tech Control) facility, telephone installation and repair within the cantonment area, and automated 24-hour operator services. A switched, Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP)-capable telephone system connects WSMR personnel with the worldwide commercial telephone network and various military and government networks. This section also operates and maintains state-of-the-art audio and video conferencing capabilities for both unclassified and classified conferencing.

The Electronic Services Section (WS-G6-ECC) provides electronic support services for hand-held radio and emergency equipment. This section provides design, engineering, installation, removal and maintenance of all Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Fire Detection Systems (FDS) and Access Control used throughout the range. Major areas of responsibility are the Fast Burst Reactor. This section also provides all presentation support for all WSMR requirements and provides customized fabrication, sheet metal and welding support for Team WSMR.

The Electronic Documentation Branch (WS-G6-EE) performs management oversight of audiovisual support services for test mission and general support requirements. These services include still digital media for documentation, high-definition digital and analog video for documentation and production, digital and high-definition online editing, media reproduction, graphic arts, photo printing and imaging. This branch provides official DA photo and passport photo services and maintains an extensive photo and video archive that documents the history of White Sands Missile Range and its role in defending our nation.

Plans Branch (WS-G6-EP) is the customer service “front door” for the Information Management Directorate. The Plans Branch provides mission planning, project management and customer fulfillment services for all directorate operations and services. Customer requirements are gathered and analyzed, cost estimates are generated and negotiated, and WS-G6 support providers are coordinated, all according to sound project management processes to ensure mission success. As program managers, branch personnel commit directorate resources in support of on- and off-range mission testing as well as nonmission telecommunication customer requirements. They provide program management and act as the IM single-point-of-contact for safari testing worldwide. The Plans Branch owns the WS-G6 service catalog.

The Systems and Networks Branch (WS-G6-ES) maintains overall responsibilities for designing, operating and managing digital networks, systems, applications and support services. The branch supports both standard automation services as defined by NETCOM C4IM Service 19, as well as mission support utilizing the most dynamic and expansive network infrastructure in the nation. This branch operates five major campus networks: unclassified Internet protocol routing (NIPR), Secret Internet Protocol Routing (SIPR), White Sands Missile Range campus network (WSMRnet), and both unclassified and classified Test Support Networks (TSN). This branch operates the WSMR Data Center to provide data storage, server computing capacity and standard network services such as web, database and portal. This branch also oversees the WSMR Computer Service Desk.

For more information about the Information Management Directorate, write: Director, Information Management Directorate, White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002.


The Systems Engineering Directorate (SE) is the principal developer and provider of technology and instrumentation for White Sands Test Center and its customers. SE conducts planning, concept formulation, research and development, systems engineering, systems development, systems integration, field testing, life cycle support and systems acquisition to ensure adequate test resources are available in a timely fashion to enable successful test and evaluation of current and future weapons programs. SE also manages the WSTC overall investment and modernization process.

The directorate is largely composed of engineers and scientists and is heavily augmented by contractors. SE personnel work closely with operations elements of WSMR and with range customers to identify test technology needs and to develop corresponding solutions. Developed instrumentation supports a broad base of capabilities and includes but is not limited to: radar, telemetry, imaging, graphical displays, optics, tracking, directed energy, data processing, data storage, data transmission and networks, control systems, target control (both air and ground targets), interoperability test environments, directed energy, electromagnetic effects, counter improvised explosive device testing, physical environments, etc. The span of development ranges from applied research on new and advanced sensors to subsystem-level development of range instrumentation to full systems development and integration of complex range test systems supporting intercontinental weapons testing. SE primarily supports the investment and capability needs of WSTC; however, the directorate provides support to external customers on a case-by-case basis. National labs, private industry and other test ranges augment the SE development resources.

SE is structured with an Investment Planning Office and four technical divisions. In close coordination with all WSTC elements, the Investment Planning Office has oversight and monitoring responsibility for all WSTC technology investments and ensures that all requirements are accurately documented in the Technology Development and Acquisition Program (TDAP) database and ensures adherence to all applicable regulations and policies.

Each SE division performs the same systems engineering functions of development, integration, testing and field transition but focuses its efforts on supporting specific technology areas within WSTC. The Range Integration Division provides engineering services in the areas of GPS, optics, telemetry, radar and meteorological systems. The Sensor Systems Division primarily focuses on capabilities in the areas of directed energy, physical environments, simulated and stimulated environments, electromagnetic imaging systems and counter improvised explosive devices (IED). The Networks and Control Systems Division is responsible for the technology areas to include network architecture, wireless architectures, air and ground target control systems, unmanned autonomous testing and data display systems. The Scientific Software Systems Division provides mathematical and statistical services and software development to range customers and mission support organizations including flight safety, range control and the Inter Range Control Center. This division also has expertise in mathematical modeling and modeling and simulation applications as well as real-time data processing software algorithms.


The Directorate of Resource Management (575-678-4345 or DSN 258-4345) provides financial resource management, budget, financial planning, managerial accounting, policy, compliance and management analysis support for WSMR. It serves as the interface between Headquarters Army Test and Evaluation (HQATEC) and White Sands Missile Range organizations for those functions. This directorate also exercises staff and technical supervision for resource management, which includes both financial and manpower activities, budgeting, managerial accounting, management analysis and contract analysis. The director serves as the chief financial officer and the principal financial adviser to the commanding general and the executive director.

The Budget Division (575-678-2207 or DSN 258-2207) performs the full scope of program planning, budgeting, test resource management analysis and justification functions required to acquire financial resources needed by WSMR to perform its current and future mission. It provided technical leadership in development of consolidated WSMR budgets for research development test and evaluation (RDT&E) direct test support and other miscellaneous program element and appropriations budgets. It ensures budget submissions comply with prescribed budget methods, practices, procedures, regulations, precedents and policies. It provides budget development and execution support to the White Sands Test Center (WSTC) commander, executive director and other staff offices. It provides budget and resource management services to the WSTC and other subordinate organizational elements of the WSTC.

  • Reimbursable Focus: In support of test officers and mission requirements, the Budget Division receives MIPRS and funds from Army, Navy, Air Force, Foreign Military Sales, other government agencies, and private and commercial entities for testing at WSMR. The team provides inception to retirement support of reimbursable customer funding documents; deals with reviewing, validating and processing all funding documents for incoming orders for all customers; and reviews and analyzes all transactions in accounting systems to determine if any overage funding balances can be returned back to customers for prior and current year accounts.
  • Program and Operations Focus: The Budget Division deals with the execution of the full spectrum of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES) and provides management analysis and justification functions necessary to acquire all of the resources needed by White Sands Missile Range to perform its current and future mission. It provides expert guidance in the development of the consolidated WSMR budgets for RDT&E test support and other miscellaneous program element and appropriations budgets. It ensures budget submissions comply with the appropriate budgetary methods, practices and procedures and complies with all legal and regulatory guidance and policies. It provides budget development and execution support to the WSMR command group, WSTC and other subordinate organizational elements of the WSTC. It reviews, analyzes and recommends approval, disapproval and modification of budget requests. It develops, analyzes and maintains statistics for efficiency indicators, goals and capability profiles to ensure WSMR meets Headquarters Department of Army (HQDA) and HQATEC financial goals. It provides technical assistance on overall installation policy and procedures. It prepares presentations for the CG on financial issues for use at higher HQ meetings. It provides advice to the command group and other WSMR leadership elements on all matters regarding budgetary and financial strategies for test resource proposals. Successful and smooth management of DOD resources requires collaboration across all financial elements on WSMR and its neighboring government agencies.

The Management and Accounting Division (575-678-6029 or DSN 258-6029) performs the full range of support activities for major contracts and accounting functions in support of mission activities within the range. The division is responsible for issues related to concept plans, support agreements, the internal control program, contract oversight, reimbursable civilian and contractor direct labor hour oversight, and overall planning and support of accounting operations and related systems. This division administers and oversees various management and accounting programs and systems to ensure all are in compliance with applicable policies and regulations. The two areas of focus under the division include the following:

  • Management of Contracts and Agreements: The Management and Accounting Division deals with the monitoring of requests for service contract approval; the contract manpower requirements activity; program analysis for the three large contracts, which are monitored by mission, along with some smaller mission contracts; cradle-to-grave execution and conclusion of the support agreements program; and the manager’s internal control program for the mission and WSTC by monitoring the statement of budgetary resources and key control objectives. The branch also provides monthly analysis of institutional and reimbursable contractor direct labor hours, oversees the cost tracking program, ensures all capabilities of the test center are captured correctly and provides critical information related to yearly equivalents for institutional and reimbursable contractor work. Administering to and managing all WSMR agreements is an additional opportunity to collaborate across WSMR and its neighboring communities, organizations and agencies.
  • Accounting: The increased need to be accountable and auditable across the DOD has increased the roles and responsibilities of accountants in the various services. The Management and Accounting Division provides accounting policy guidance and overall accounting systems and operations support to WSMR mission organizations. This branch overseas and is responsible for the Government Travel Card Program, the Joint Reconciliation Program, debt management, timekeeping, general accounting research and oversight of interfacing data files from other systems. Financial systems managed and overseen within the branch include the Automated Time Attendance and Production System, the Defense Travel System, the Wide Area Workflow, the Standard Operations Maintenance and Research Development System (SOMARDS), the SOMARDS Financial Information Management System and the General Fund Enterprise Business System.

Other Team White Sands Organizations

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 rodney.l.rogers12.civ@mail.mil or write to Director, Center for Countermeasures, Building 1407, Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002-5519.


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.


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 usarmy.wsmr.imcom-central.list.dodafc@mail.mil.


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 (usarmy.wsmr.asc-lrc.list.lgtp@mail.mil) 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 (usarmy.wsmr.asc-lrc.list.lgtf@mail.mil) 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 (usarmy.wsmr.asc-lrc.list.lgtv@mail.mil) 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: usarmy.wsmr.asc-lrc.list.lgt@mail.mil


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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