REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) and The Boeing Company have initiated a joint research-and-development effort to manipulate and fuse multiple types of sensor data in a secure environment for Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and space situational awareness concept exploration.

USASMDC/ARSTRAT and Boeing signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) on Feb. 24, 2009, and today the two organizations met to exchange preliminary technical information at USASMDC/ARSTRAT headquarters on Redstone Arsenal.

"This agreement effectively allows the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Data Fusion Distribution Center to exercise and examine Boeing's multilevel security modeling and simulation capabilities using actual government data," said Michael Schexnayder, Deputy to the Commander for Research, Development and Acquisition at USASMDC/ARSTRAT. "Through this joint effort, our teams will develop a collaborative, net-centric, open-source environment to support the analyses of a multitude of space and IAMD issues."

The CRADA will benefit from a Memorandum of Agreement between USASMDC/ARSTRAT and the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to provide expertise, tools, and information to enhance the final desired outcome of the CRADA: an effective Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that may be used to validate ballistic missile defense concepts using modeling and simulation.

For more information contact John Cummings, USASMDC/ARSTRAT Public Affairs, 256-955-1641 (