U.S. Department of Defense - Missile Defense Agency

U.S. Department of Defense - Missile Defense Agency

MDA MISSION

The Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) mission is to develop and deploy a layered Missile Defense System to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends from missile attacks in all phases of flight.

    Homeland Missile Defense Scenario

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NEWS

  • Dec. 6, 2021 - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced the completion of military construction and installation of radar arrays for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) during a ceremony declaring the initial fielding of the radar at Clear Space Force Station, Alaska Dec. 6. Read More about this story

  • July 12, 2021 - Technicians with the Missile Defense Agency Nanosat Testbed Initiative and VOX Space hold one of two CubeSats MDA successfully deployed to space June 30, 2021, aboard a VOX Space, LLC LauncherOne rocket as part of a payload-sharing arrangement with the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program. Read More about this story

  • Nov 16, 2020 - A SM-3 Block IIA is launched from the USS John Finn DDG-113, an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System-equipped destroyer, Nov. 16, 2020, as part of Flight Test Aegis Weapons System-44 (FTM-44).Read More about this story

  • August 30, 2019 - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency and U.S. Army soldiers of the E-62 Battery, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, conducted an intercept test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System. Read More about this story

  • March 25, 2019 - The 'lead' Ground-based Interceptor is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., March 25, 2019, in the first-ever salvo engagement test of a threat-representative ICBM target. The two GBIs successfully intercepted a target launched from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll. Read More about this story

THAAD Overview Video

LRDR Overview Video

GPI Scenario Video

For broadcast quality video and animation, go to the MDA DVIDS page