The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is charged with developing and deploying an integrated, layered Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) capable of defending the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends from ballistic missile attacks of all ranges and in phases of flight. To ensure mission effectiveness, MDA ‘s mission continues to evolve through developing, testing, and fielding as soon as technologically possible an increasingly capable system of interceptors, sensors, and command and control systems to improve the depth, range, and reliability of our defenses.
The Director for Engineering formally stood-up the Industrial Manufacturing and Technology Directorate in Dec 2012 to accomplish Industrial Base and ManTech objectives. Responsibilities include:
- Improve manufacturing of MDA product lines over entire life cycle
Ensure an available, reliable, sufficient , and cost effective industrial base for the BMDS development
- Provide Industrial capability assessments, risks, and DoD investment recommendations.
- Facilitate and manage manufacturing efficiencies, technology readiness and investments
- Identify/mitigate critical manufacturing technologies risk
Featured ManTech Project
Solid rocket motor production for propulsion systems is directly impacted by an order of magnitude increase in product demand rate. Technology investments have outpaced factory improvement investments due to increasingly complex product requirements.
- Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), Defense-wide Manufacturing Science & Technology (DMS&T) ManTech, and Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III joint investment with an additional investment by Aerojet Rocketdyne to implement a Digital Propulsion Factory (DPF) initiative for Throttling Divert and Attitude Control Systems (TDACS) as well as other energetic systems.
- Developing the software backbone to support a digital factory environment from design through production
- Integrating design, manufacturing and delivery process requirements in addition to digitally integrating key elements of the supply chain.
- Increases factory efficiency and throughput to meet current and forecasted programmatic demands for propulsion systems.
- Reduces program costs (by 15-30%) and improves schedule performance (10%-20% reduction in cycle time) for more affordable products.
- Enhances capability for lifecycle configuration management and the prevention of nonconformance materials and parts from entering the manufactured product.