The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Ordnance and Explosives Directorate supports the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Program.
Huntsville Center was designated the BMDS Mandatory Center of Expertise (MCX) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sept. 30, 2016.
In 1998, the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System Program Manager, then Brig. Gen. Willie B. Nance, and USACE Director of Military Programs, Maj. Gen. Milton Hunter, signed a charter formally linking the National Missile Defense Joint Project Office and the Army Corps of Engineers as partners.
Efforts by the Huntsville Center MCX include conducting special studies and site surveys, developing facilities requirements and criteria, preparing facility designs and cost estimates, and supporting engineering and design during construction. Huntsville Center supports the responsible USACE geographic district with technical expertise, contract support and, with geographic district consent, manages design and construction execution.
The USACE BMDS Team combines the talents and expertise of Huntsville Center, Alaska District, Los Angeles District, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Honolulu District, Omaha District, Japan District, Europe District, New York District, and the Transatlantic Programs Center. The team expands as needed to use the full depth and capabilities available across the Corps of Engineers.
The Army Corps of Engineers is currently designing and/or constructing BMDS facilities in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and California.
Download the BMDS fact sheet (PDF)
BMDS fact sheet
(as of September 2018)