Strategic Military Services (commonly referred to by the initialism S.M.S.) is a Private Military Corporation appearing in the Macross Frontier television series. it is a diverse company which provides specialized military services to the NUNS and other corporations. during the first few episodes their main activity was providing test pilots for the LAI corporation in testing their latest VF-25 Messiah series.
The main headquarters is located on Earth but has stations in most UN occupied planet and colonization fleets.
One of its known active executives is a Zentradi named Richard Bilrer who is currently residing in Frontier to study and exploit Vajra technology and most likely due to his close business cooperation with LAI Corporation.
In universe canon the "Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy" console game. Two SMS branches were introduced and these are SMS Sepheela Branch and SMS Uroboros Branch
Bilrer originally created the S.M.S. as private security service to protect his transportation corporation. The SMS organization has been contracted as outsourced military protection for the Macross Frontier Fleet and supplements the fleet's military assets. The organization consists of former NUNS veterans and talented soldiers.
The organization's assets include more than two squadrons of the new VF-25 Messiah variable fighters, a VB-6 König Monster variable bomber, a small complement of Meltrandi Queadlunn-Rea mecha, small company of Cheyenne II Destroids and a transformable warship called the Macross Quarter . The SMS maintains its headquarters on Island 1 (the primary colony ship of the Macross Frontier Fleet ) with additional port facilities where the Macross Quarter is docked. S.M.S. is the heir to, and modern form of the most illustrious unit of Space War I - Skull Squadron . Ozma Lee is Skull Leader - his VF-25S carries the same colors as Skull 1, flown by Roy Focker . Henry Gilliam , and later protagonist Alto Saotome (who replaced the former when he was killed in action early in the series), fly a VF-25F in the colours of Hikaru Ichijo . Michael's VF-25G Valkyrie bears the all-blue colour first flown with by ace Maximilian Jenius . There is no all-red Valkyrie, but Clan Clang 's Queadlunn-Rea is all red, echoing the colours of Milia Fallyna Jenius ' fighter.
In episode 22 "Northern Cross", S.M.S. was dissolved by Bilrer after the events of the Vajra attack on Island 1. The SMS was to be merged with Colony's N.U.N.S. forces. However, evidence was uncovered that exposed the coup d'état led by scheming Chief of Staff Leon Mishima that had resulted in the assassination of President Howard Glass . This prompted Captain Jeffrey Wilder and a majority of SMS personnel to go rogue and leave the fleet in an attempt to find the missing Ranka Lee . Only a few members of the SMS remained behind and were ordered to confront their former comrades as they attempted to leave the fleet with the commandeered Macross Quarter.
After having escaped, the crew of the Quarter investigates the space wreckage of the 117th Long Distance Research Fleet . This leads to the discovery of series antagonist Grace O'Connor 's theory of creating an intergalactic communication network using the fold crystals cultivated by the Vajra. As a result they are able to discern her plan to control the galaxy by means of this network. They then send a report of their findings though hyperspace communications to Earth's N.U.N.S. headquarters and Earth Parliament. However, believing that their message to N.U.N.S. HQ would arrive too late to help, Wilder decides that the Macross Quarter crew must now do what they can to put an end to O'Connor's ambition for galactic dominance.
The timely return of the Macross Quarter and the S.M.S. to the Fleet led to the rescue of Battle Frontier from destruction at the hands of a Vajra Battleship. Also, using the evidence they had uncovered, Wilder and his crew revealed that the Macross Galaxy fleet (composed of the compromised military/government) had indeed been behind the Vajra attacks. They also identified Mishima as having been in league with the corrupted Galaxy faction as well as his assassination of Macross Frontier's former president. This evidence would serve as a validation of S.M.S "desertion" from the Macross Frontier Colony Fleet later.