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Kirtland AFB covers 52,000 acres and employs over 23,000 people, including more than 3,000 active duty and 1,100 Guard and Reserve, 3,400 civil service, 300 nonappropriated fund employees and 12,500 contractors. The base is home to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland's host organization, which supports more than 100 mission partners.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Markus Maier)

af Nuclear Weapons Center

Established on March 31, 2006, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center is Air Force Materiel Command's center of excellence for nuclear weapon systems, ensuring safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons are available to support the National Command Structure and Air Force. The AFNWC's responsibilities include acquisition, modernization and sustainment of nuclear system programs for both the Departments of Defense and Energy.  Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center fact sheet.

377th Air Base Wing

The 377th Air Base Wing is the host unit at Kirtland AFB. It was activated on January 1, 1993, when Air Force Materiel Command assumed responsibility for operating the base from Air Mobility Command. The wing's mission is to conduct nuclear operations; organize, train, equip and deploy expeditionary forces; and operate, secure and support Kirtland AFB. 377th Air Base Wing fact sheet

af Research Laboratory


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Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Directed Energy Directorate develops, integrates, and transitions science and technology for directed energy to include high-power microwaves, lasers, adaptive optics, imaging and effects to assure the preeminence of the United States in air and space. Click here for more information.


Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate develops and transitions high pay-off space technologies supporting the warfighter while leveraging commercial, civil and other government capabilities to ensure America's advantage. Click here for more information.

Operation Responsive Space


 
On May 21, 2007 the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Executive Agent for Space established the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office as a proactive step to adapt space capabilities to changing national security requirements and to be an agent for change across the community. 


Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Factsheet

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