Functional Components

Day-to-day planning and execution for U.S. Strategic Command's mission areas is done by a sub-unified command and the following USSTRATCOM components:


JFACC (Joint Force Air Component Commander) Barksdale AFB, LA

Conducts kinetic (nuclear and conventional) and non-kinetic effects planning and execution. JFACC manages global force air activities to assure allies and to deter and dissuade actions detrimental to the United States and its global interests; should deterrence fail, employs global strike air forces (bombers and ICBMs) in support of combatant commander. (more on JFACC)


JFSCC (Joint Force Space Component Commander) Peterson AFB, CO

JFSCC directs assigned and attached USSTRATCOM space forces providing tailored, responsive, theater and global space effects in support of national objectives. JFSCC executes operational command and control of space forces through the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) at Vandenberg AFB(more on JFSCC)

JFCC-IMD (Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense) Schriever AFB, CO

Is constantly monitoring for any missile activity or threat against the United States and its allies. In the event of an attack, IMD plans and coordinates the necessary actions to counter the threat. (more on JFCC-IMD)


Service Components

Service specific component commands fulfill an important role in training, equipping and resourcing the forces necessary to carry out USSTRATCOM's global missions.

Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC)

Air Force Global Strike Command is a major command with headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in the Shreveport - Bossier City community. AFGSC is responsible for the nation's three intercontinental ballistic missile wings, two B-52 Stratofortress wings and the only B-2 Spirit wing. It is the Air Force's newest command, activated Aug. 7, 2009. Its mission is to develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations-- safe, secure, effective -- to support the President of the United States and Combatant Commanders. Air Force Global Strike Command has two numbered air forces tasked with providing capabilities to the combatant commands. The AFGSC commander is dual-hatted as the JFACC commander.

  • Eighth Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, in the Bossier City - Shreveport, La., metro area. The numbered air force is designated as U.S. Strategic Command's Task Force 204, providing on-alert, combat-ready forces to the President. The mission of "The Mighty Eighth" is to safeguard America's interests through strategic deterrence and global combat power. Eighth Air Force controls long-range nuclear-capable bomber assets (B-52 and B-2) throughout the United States and overseas locations. Its flexible, conventional and nuclear deterrence mission provides the capability to deploy forces and engage enemy threats from home station or forward positioned, anywhere, any time. The 8th Air Force motto is "Deterrence through strength, global strike on demand."

  • Twentieth Air Force, headquartered at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., also supports United States Strategic Command. A numbered air force for AFGSC, 20th Air Force is responsible for maintaining and operating the Air Force's ICBM force. Designated as USSTRATCOM's Task Force 214, 20th Air Force provides on-alert, combat-ready ICBMs to the President.

Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT), headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., serves as the ASCC to USSTRATCOM. ARSTRAT conducts space and missile defense operations and provides planning, integration, control and coordination of Army forces and capabilities in support of U.S. Strategic Command missions (strategic deterrence, integrated missile defense, and space operations) and serves as the Army force modernization proponent for space, high altitude and global missile defense.

Fleet Forces Command

United States Fleet Forces Command supports both the Chief of Naval Operations and Combatant Commanders worldwide by providing responsive, relevant, sustainable Naval forces ready-for-tasking. The command provides operational and planning support to Combatant Commanders and integrated warfighter capability requirements to the CNO. Additionally, U.S. Fleet Forces Command serves as the CNO's designated Executive Agent for Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP), Individual Augmentees (IA), and Sea Basing.

In collaboration with U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Fleet Forces Command organizes, mans, trains, maintains, and equips Navy forces, develops and submits budgets, and executes readiness and personnel accounts to develop both required and sustainable levels of Fleet readiness. Additionally, the command serves as the unified voice for Fleet training requirements and policies to generate combat-ready Navy forces per the Fleet Response Plan using the Fleet Training Continuum (FTC).

Marine Corps Forces U.S. Strategic Command (MARFORSTRAT)

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, U.S. Strategic Command (MARFORSTRAT) serves as the Marine Corps service component command to USSTRATCOM, representing U.S. Marine Corps capabilities and interest and advising the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command on proper employment and support of U.S. Marine Corps Forces. MARFORSTRAT advises and assists other Marine Corps commands and supporting establishment in the development of concepts, education, training, doctrine, and capabilities in space, cyberspace, electronic warfare (EW), and combating weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) operations and planning, and advocates for capabilities in order to ensure coherent cross mission situational awareness and integration between the Marine Corps and U.S. Strategic Command.

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) provides resilient and affordable space and cyberspace forces for USSTRATCOM, the Joint Force, and the Nation. AFSPC has two numbered air forces tasked with providing capabilities to the combatant commands.



  • Fourteenth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), headquartered at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and is responsible for the organization, training, equipping, command and control, and employment of Air Force space forces to support operational plans and missions for U.S. combatant commanders and their subordinate components and is the Air Force Component to U.S. Strategic Command for space operations.

  • Twenty-fourth Air Force, headquartered at Lackland AFB, Texas, and operates, extends, and defends the Air Force Information Network, defending key mission systems, and providing full spectrum cyberspace capabilities for the joint warfighter in, through, and from cyberspace. 24th Air Force is comprised of a headquarters staff, an integrated operations center, and two cyberspace wings headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, and a combat communications group located at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Additionally, a contingent of headquarters personnel is co-located with United States Cyber Command at Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Task Forces

USSTRATCOM utilizes various task forces to plan and execute its global missions. These forces include:

Task Force 124 - Airborne Communications

The Commander of Strategic Communications Wing One provides operations and administrative command and support for the Navy's E-6B Mercury community.

These aircraft provide a survivable communications link between national decision-makers and the nation's strategic forces. As an airborne command post, the E-6B enables the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense to communicate with crews operating the nation's ballistic missile submarines, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and long-range strategic bombers. E-6B aircraft are assigned to Strategic Communications Wing One, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Task Force 134 - COMSUBPAC

Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) also acts as Task Force 134 on behalf of USSTRATCOM for strategic deterrent submarine operations.

Considered the most survivable leg of the nation's strategic forces, U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines, or SSBNs, provide launch capability from around the globe using the Trident missile weapon system.

The Pacific Submarine Force (SUBPAC) includes attack, ballistic missile and auxiliary submarines, submarine tenders, floating submarine docks, deep submergence vehicles and submarine rescue vehicles throughout the Pacific.

Pacific SSBNs are based at Bangor, Wash., with headquarters at Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Task Force 144 - COMSUBLANT

Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMSUBLANT) also acts as Task Force 144 on behalf of USSTRATCOM strategic deterrent submarine operations.

Considered the most survivable leg of the nation's strategic forces, U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarines, or SSBNs, provide launch capability from around the globe using the Trident missile weapon system.

Atlantic SSBNs are based at Kings Bay, Ga., with headquarters at Naval Base Norfolk, Va.