History and Purpose:
The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville's Ordnance and Explosives Directorate supports Missile Defense Programs.
In 1998, the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System Program Manager, then Brig. Gen. Willie B. Nance, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Director of Military Programs, Maj. Gen. Milton Hunter, signed a charter formally linking the National Missile Defense Joint Project Office and USACE as partners.
Huntsville Center was designated to be the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems (BMD) Mandatory Center of Expertise (MCX) for USACE on Sept. 30, 2016.
Highlighted Capabilities and Services Provided:
Efforts of the Missile Defense Division include the following:
- BMD Mandatory Center of Expertise, ER 1110-2-8163
- Conducting special studies and site surveys
- Developing facilities requirements and criteria
- Preparation of facility designs and cost estimates
- Supporting engineering and design during construction
- Manages design and construction execution (with geographic district consent)
- Master Planning & Programming
- Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Support
The Missile Defense Division supports the responsible USACE geographic districts by providing:
- Technical expertise
- Contract support
The Missile Defense Team combines the talents and expertise of:
- Huntsville Center
- Various USACE Districts:
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Middle East
- Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
Download the BMDS fact sheet (PDF) HERE.