Missile Defense Agency (MDA- Huntsville)
Service or Branch: Additional DoD Facilities
Location: Huntsville, AL
STEM Fields:The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is a U.S. Department of Defense research, development, acquisition and testing agency tasked with one of the most complex and challenging missions in our country's history - protecting the United States from ballistic missile attack. As a part of MDA, you will advance and integrate a vital range of technologies, from sophisticated radars and sensors to communications solutions to robust rocket systems and dedicated energy weapons that comprise today's evolving ballistic missile defense system. MDA traces its roots back to the origins of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program. President Reagan launched this initiative in 1983 to develop non-nuclear missile defenses. The SDI consolidated missile defense programs that were scattered among several government offices and molded them into a coherent program under the management of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO). As the technologies developed under the original initiative evolved, so did the organization responsible for their management. In 1994, the SDIO was officially renamed the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO). In 2002, the BMDO was renamed the Missile Defense Agency. Vision: Earn our Nation's confidence in developing effective homeland and regional missile defense. Mission: to develop, test, and field an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight.