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Natsios Young Architects

9 August 2003
Source of aerial photos and maps:

Thanks to SW for pointing to this site and for the annotated aerial photo.

Former USAF RAF Molesworth web site now disappeared:


RAF Molesworth

The tri-base area constituting the 423d Air Base Squadron is composed of RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth and RAF Upwood, United Kingdom.

The USECOM Joint Analysis Center (JAC) mission is to analyze, process and produce fused intelligence information for the United States and NATO. The area of responsibility consists of more than 77 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It supports mission planning and operations by US, Allied and NATO commanders during peace, crisis and war. The 423 ABS is the host unit providing support services for the JAC. Personnel from all four U.S. military services are assigned to the Joint Analysis Center and contribute to the intelligence mission. The JAC activated at RAF Molesworth in 1992, moving from its base in Stuttgart, Germany. The population assigned-served as of late 1998 was: Active Duty: 1,400 Family Members: 2,400 Retirees: 1,320 Civilian Employees: 665.

In February 1985, after nearly 20 years of relative inactivity except for its use as a military family housing annex, Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office storage area, and Defense Mapping Agency site, the base reverted to the Royal Air Force.

Preparation began for the ground launched cruise missile mission, and new facility construction began in September 1985. The 303d Tactical Missile Wing was activated on 12 Dec 86 at RAF Molesworth. On 23 Jul 87 the RAF transferred operational command and administrative control of the base to the USAF. The 303d Tactical Missile Wing's mission changed significantly after the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to limit Intermediate- range missiles in 1988 under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The first removal of operation cruise missile treaty-limited items from Western Europe occurred Sept 8, 1988. On 19 Jan 89, the Soviet inspection team returned to conduct a close-out inspection of the base. On Jan 30, 1989, the 303d TMW was inactivated. Some of the facilities at RAF Molesworth covered under the treaty remained subject to Russian inspection until 2001.


Joint Analysis Center (JAC)

The JAC was formerly the U.S. European Defense Analysis Center (EUDAC), which was co-located with USEUCOM at Patch Barracks (Stuttgart) Germany, in August 1975. The USEUCOM JAC began operations at RAF Molesworth in October 1991. The JAC activated at RAF Molesworth in 1992, moving from its base in Stuttgart, Germany, and has been steadily increasing its capability since then. The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO), and other tenant organizations are also located at RAF Molesworth.

The National Military Strategy describes the Joint Intelligence Center, which in the case of USEUCOM is the JAC, as "the principal element for ensuring effective intelligence support for combatant commanders in chiefs and theater forces." Secretary of Defense memorandum, 15 March 1991, "Strengthening Defense Intelligence," inter alia, established the JIC as the primary intelligence organization providing support to joint warfighting at all levels. The JIC concept fuses the main support capabilities of all Service, Combat Support Agency, and combat units into a one stop shopping center for intelligence support. The JIC is, by design, scalable and can expand to meet the needs of the Joint Force Commander. During noncrisis periods, JIC manning is normally retained at the minimum level required to perform essential functions such as I&W, current intelligence, collection management, delegated general military intelligence production, and support to the commander. As crises develop, JICs at each echelon bring together personnel and equipment needed to manage intelligence support requirements.

Recently, a new UHF satellite communications (SATCOM) system became operational at the (JAC's Operations Center (JOC). The SATCOM system is capable of simultaneously transmitting and receiving information on multiple channels using as many as three satellites.

[SAIC current job listing.]

Systems Engineer

Job Description:
Duties include supporting the United States European Command (USEUCOM) on-location at the Joint Analysis Center (JAC), RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, in implementing new systems and software to the operational environment. Candidates will perform a full range of information technology work including software and hardware technical assessments, systems implementation planning, requirements analysis, project management, and software/system acceptance testing. Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Required Skills:
All applicants must possess a current US Top Secret/SCI security clearance to be considered for this position. All applicants must understand and practice systems engineering precepts. Expertise in intelligence systems architectures and operating systems. Proficiency in Windows NT and 2000 Systems, Systems Administration, Network Management and Windows based applications. Must be able to develop and execute action plans, prioritize tasks, and work independently. Must have experience in preparing and directing the preparation of written products and oral presentations for executive-level decision-makers. Must have demonstrated self-motivation. Must have working knowledge of database operations. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen and will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. An extended workweek and some travel within Europe and the US may be required.

I was surprised when I visited Molesworth. There is little left at Greenham Common but the facilities at this base appear to be totally intact. You can legally walk around most of the RAF Molesworth perimeter although I understand it is now an intelligence centre under the control of RAF Alconbury (USAFE).

These are the Cruise Missile pens or bunkers. It was very eerie walking around the wire and I felt that we were being watched. I felt a very strong atmosphere here. We survived the Cold War, we face different threats now. But Molesworth is a chilling reminder of what might have been.