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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.

Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System-Romania Operationally Certified

May 12, 2016 - Aegis Ashore

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th (CNE-CNA/C6F), recognized a key milestone to complete Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach by deeming the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Romania as operationally certified in a ceremony held in Deveselu, May 12. This ballistic missile defense system represents a significant increase in the capability to defend NATO European territory from attacks originating outside the Euro-Atlantic area, and is a key milestone in the development of NATO ballistic missile defense.

Ground-based Midcourse Defense System Conducts Successful Flight Test

Jan. 28, 2016 - Ground-based Midcourse Defense

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Northern Command, today conducted a non-intercept flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). A long-range ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., successfully evaluating performance of alternate divert thrusters for the system’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.

SERE East Designated as Alternative Considered but Not Carried Forward

Jan. 15, 2016 - Administrative

The Missile Defense Agency has designated the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Facility (SERE East), Redington Township, Maine as an Alternative Considered, but Not Carried Forward for a potential additional missile interceptor site.