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U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet
Standoff Munitions Application Center, Barksdale AFB, LA
Support the Warfighter and enable full-spectrum dominance through integrated planning of lethal and non-lethal joint and multinational standoff fires.
To be premier experts and integrators of joint standoff fires, pacesetters and innovators and unparalleled leaders in on-call support to Warfighters.
The Standoff Munitions Application Center (SMAC) is a Total Force organization comprised of military, government service and contractor personnel. The commander assigns tasks to applicable lines of responsibility through the chiefs of three divisions: intelligence operations and plans and mission support.
- Provide global all-domain coordination, synchronization and integration of long-range fires, including detailed air-launched standoff weapons planning, for the Air Force, Combatant Commanders and their Components.
- Advance standoff weapons employment through innovation and advocacy.
- Develop operational concepts to overcome difficult problem sets through the application of joint capabilities.
In January 2013, the Combat Air Forces (CAF) Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC) identified a need in operational-level planning for standoff weapons and capabilities to combat advanced adversary threats. The group recommended creating a standoff munitions “center of excellence” comprised of joint experts who would integrate the effects of standoff weapons.
By 2014, SMAC formed as the Standoff Munitions Application Cell within the 608th Air Operation Center’s Combat Plans Division, manned by additional duty personnel. To accommodate a growing demand for standoff weapons integration and an expanding mission set, SMAC added dedicated personnel and contract support beginning in October 2016.
On April 14, 2018, SMAC was used for the first time in a combat tasking. 19 AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM), planned by SMAC, were launched by 2 B-1Bs as part of the Coalition response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria. All assigned targets were struck.
On August 24, 2018, SMAC was activated as the Standoff Munitions Application Center realigned under the newly formed Joint-Global Strike Operations Center.
2018 Association of Old Crows’ Integrated Product Team Award
2018 Eighth Air Force & Joint-Global Strike Operations Center Team of the Year
2018 BAE Chairman’s Award
The arrows are emblematic of ranged weapons that have given humanity a standoff advantage since the beginning of civilization. Their arc over the globe signifies the United States’ ability to project power anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. The predominant black is symbolic of the advancement of the standoff weapons enterprise through knowledge, the red signifies the zeal of SMAC’s team members, and the gold piping and lettering symbolize honor. The purple outer ring is symbolic of SMAC’s joint integration of multi-domain effects to optimize standoff lethality.
(Current as of December 2021)
Point of Contact
Eighth Air Force/J-GSOC Public Affairs Office; 345 Davis Ave West Suite 223; Barksdale AFB, LA 71110; DSN 331-1101 or (318) 529-1101; email: 8AF.PA.Workflow@us.af.mil