A major benefactor of the Department of Defense 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action, Redstone Arsenal gains 4,700 direct military and civilian government workers and embedded contractors, adding to the on-base working population of over 30,000. Redstone’s expanded missions will further bolster an already large off-post contractor population by adding nearly 15,000 indirect jobs to the surrounding area. Redstone Arsenal is completing nearly $450 million of military construction to support the BRAC relocations.
Upon completion of the 2005 BRAC relocations, Redstone Arsenal becomes the epicenter of all the research, development, procurement and sustainment required to support the modern warfighter on today’s battlefield by becoming the home of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC). AMC directs one of the largest budgets in the U.S. Army. Other commands and agencies moving to Redstone include Headquarters for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, Missile Defense Agency, Army Contracting Command and the Expedition Contracting Command. These BRAC moves join an already robust research and development platform for missiles and aviation on the expansive 38,000 acres. Redstone Arsenal is currently home to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), the Space and Missile Defense Command, major components of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Missile Defense Agency. NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, the center for the nation’s space related missions is also located here.