Missile Defense Agency (MDA)


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Missile Defense Agency
7100 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC, DC 20301-7100
United States

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The possession by potential adversaries of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles remains an urgent security issue for the United States and its allies abroad. Our objective is to prevent further proliferation of these weapons and roll back the capability in potentially hostile nations where it already exists. However, these dual objectives are difficult to achieve and therefore, we must have the ability to defeat ballistic missile attacks should they occur. The United States is fielding a Ballistic Missile Defense System to provide such protection. The Ballistic Missile Defense System is a collection of elements and components that are integrated to achieve the best possible performance against a full range of potential threats. Formerly, some of these elements were restricted to act as independent systems. After the United States withdrew from the Anti- Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972, however, the Missile Defense Agency was able to realize the benefits of integrating these elements. Fielding the missile defense mission requires the combined efforts of the Missile Defense Agency, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Combatant Commanders, the Military Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, other federal agencies, more than 17 major defense contractors, the Congress and our allies and friends.


The mission of the Missile Defense Agency is to develop an integrated, layered Ballistic Missile Defense System to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends from ballistic missiles of all ranges and in all phases of flight. As directed by the President, the Missile Defense Agency is moving forward to provide a limited defensive capability against a long-range ballistic missile attack aimed at any of our 50 states. The Missile Defense Agency is now working to expand the breadth and depth of this initial capability by adding and networking forward-deployed sensors and interceptors at sea and on land. Today the Missile Defense Agency's activities are focused on these objectives:
  • Complete development, initial fielding, and verification of the initial capability.
  • Execute an increasingly complex test program. Provide the U.S. Combatant Commanders with support and sustainment for the Ballistic Missile Defense System.
  • Develop a totally integrated capability during 2006 and beyond based on a strong core research and spiral development program.
  • Establish a robust international foundation for missile defense.

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