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MDA Opens Missile Defense System Data Terminal at Fort Drum

July 21, 2016 - Ground-based Midcourse Defense

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, along with the U.S. Army, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at Fort Drum, New York, for the In-Flight Interceptor Communications System (IFICS) data terminal. A critical link in the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, the data terminal is designed to send and receive messages to the Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) while in flight, constantly transmitting target updates. The data terminal also relays data from the EKV back to the GMD fire control system.

James N. Miller Receives Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award

July 19, 2016 - Administrative

James N. Miller, former undersecretary of Defense for Policy, is the recipient of the 2016 Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award for his service and commitment to advancing the development and deployment of critical ballistic missile defense capabilities. Vice Adm. James D. Syring, Missile Defense Agency director, presented Miller with the award during the Ronald Regan Missile Defense Forum held July 19 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency to Hold Public Meetings for the Continental United States Interceptor Site Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Ohio

June 17, 2016 - Administrative

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the with the Ohio Army National Guard will host a public open house meeting on June 30 at Ravenna High School, 6589 N. Chestnut Street, Ravenna, Ohio, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential Continental United States Interceptor Site at Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, Ohio.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency to Hold Public Meetings for the Continental United States Interceptor Site Draft Environmental Impact Statement - New York

June 17, 2016 - Administrative

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the with the U.S. Army will host a public open house meeting on June 28 at Carthage Senior High School, 36500 New York 26, Carthage, New York, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential Continental United States Interceptor Site at Fort Drum, New York.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency to Hold Public Meetings for the Continental United States Interceptor Site Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Michigan

June 13, 2016 - Administrative

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the Michigan Army National Guard, will host public open house meetings on June 21 at Lakeview Middle School, 300 South 28th Street, Battle Creek, Michigan, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on June 23 at Richland Community Center, 9400 East Cd Avenue, Richland, Michigan, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a for a potential Continental United States Interceptor Site at Fort Custer Training Center, Michigan.

Three MDA Mentor Protégé Teams Win Nunn-Perry Award

June 2, 2016 - Administrative

The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs announced that three teams supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) under the auspices of the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program received the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award. The award, named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, was first presented in 1995 and recognizes mentor-protégé teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost effectiveness and increased business opportunities for small disadvantaged firms.

MDA Demonstrates Performance of SM-3 Block IB in Successful Flight Tests

May 26, 2016 - Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS Hopper (DDG 70) successfully conducted two developmental flight tests of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB Threat Upgrade guided missile on May 25 and 26 off the west coast of Hawaii. The flight tests, designated Controlled Test Vehicle (CTV)-01a and CTV-02, demonstrated the successful performance of design modifications to the SM-3 third-stage rocket motor (TSRM) nozzle. The results of these flight tests will support a future SM-3 Block IB production authorization request.

Aegis BMD System Completes Successful Tracking of Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Target

May 17, 2016 - Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test involving the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility located on Kauai, Hawaii. At approximately 9:02 p.m. (Hawaii Standard Time, May 17; 3:02 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, May 18) the target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. John Paul Jones, positioned west of Hawaii, detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 Weapon System. This was a non-intercept test, and the ship did not launch any rounds during this engagement.

U.S. and Poland Break Ground on Aegis Ashore Site in Poland

May 13, 2016 - Aegis Ashore

United States and Polish officials commemorated the start of the construction phase of an Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) complex during a ceremony here today. Aegis Ashore, a critical part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), is a land-based capability of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System constructed to defend NATO populations, territory, and forces against ballistic missile threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic area. The EPAA concept is the U.S.’s multi-phase effort to support NATO BMD, which includes for using BMD-capable Aegis ships, Aegis Ashore Missile Defense sites, a forward deployed radar in Turkey, and a command and control network located at Ramstein AB, Germany.