Founded in April 2009, NAMDC continues to sharpen its focus on the Fleet. As recognized technical and operational experts - with a talented, highly-educated uniform and civilian workforce - the command supports myriad Integrated Air Missile Defense programs. IAMD, which includes Ballistic Missile Defense and Air Defense, is a Navy core mission within the U.S. Maritime Strategy. This strategy calls for combat power continuously postured to protect America's vital interests and to defend against established and emergent threats.
NAMDC provides vital products to counter these threats. Mission packages provide planners and operators the ability to make informed decisions on ship posturing and positioning. Waterfront assessments ensure the deploying warfighter is versed on the latest tactics, techniques and procedures. NAMDC also offers the Air and Missile Defense Commander's Course and the Weapons Tactics Instructor Course for advanced training.
The Air and Missile Defense Commander's Course teaches operational IAMD concepts derived from joint, strike group and unit missions. The curriculum - taught to prospective commanding officers and executive officers by NAMDC instructors - is continually updated with the latest Fleet observations.
The Weapons Tactics Instructors Course - similar to the Navy Strike and Air Warfare Center's Top Gun Course - addresses the need for tactically proficient Integrated Air and Missile Defense Surface Warfare Officers. WTI curriculum starts with a core competency course on the Aegis weapon system and branches into networks, electronic warfare, mission planning and space warfare modules. Course graduates become trainers and instructors at key training commands throughout the Navy and then return to operational fleet commands.
Another globally significant program NAMDC supports is Aegis Ashore. In 2009, the president approved a request for a phased, adaptive approach for missile defense of Europe. The Navy's charge is to deploy the heretofore sea-based Aegis weapon system on two land-based sites - one in Deveselu, Romania, in 2015 and a counterpart system for Redzikowo, Poland, in 2018.
In its role with Aegis Ashore, the command serves as executive secretary for the Navy Ballistic Missile Defense Enterprise which oversees eight Cross Functional Teams tasked to provide the resources and equipment to meet operational deadlines.
The work accomplished in these broad ranging and far reaching programs is accomplished by a remarkable small and capable staff. With some 75 members assigned - a workforce comprised of a nearly even number of contractors, civilians and Sailors - it is one of the Navy's smallest commands supporting some of its largest programs.