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DOD - 21528 - Missile Defense Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameMissile Defense Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2015Committee Number21528
Original Establishment Date10/25/1988Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date1/16/2015Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*14
Current Charter Date9/27/2012Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief of Staff, Missile Defense Agency
Date Of Renewal Charter9/26/2014Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date9/26/2014Designated Federal Officer First Name*David
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameP
Specific Termination AuthorityAgencyDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Bagnati
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AgencyDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(571) 231-8084
Effective Date Of Authority*10/25/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*(571) 231-8090
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Missile Defense Advisory Committee (MDAC) provides the Secretary (SecDef) and Deputy Secretary of Defense (DepSecDef), through the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) and the Director, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), independent advice and recommendations on all matters relating to missile defense, including system development, technology, program maturity and readiness of configurations of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics or designee may act upon the Committee's advice and recommendations. USD(AT&L) delegated (November 9, 2007 and modified August 13, 2012) the following MDAC authorities to the Director, MDA: 1. Provide written tasks to the Committee and its three permanent subcommittes; 2. Provide written feedback to the Committee on all recommendations and advice; 3. Provide USD(AT&L) with copies of items 1 and 2; 3. Evaluate the MDAC's independent advice and recommendations and; 4. Determine which actions or policies shall be implemented by MDA. The MDAC is composed of not more than fourteen Committee members, who are eminent authorities in the field of national defense policy, acquisition and technical areas relating to Ballistic Missile Defense System programs.
How is membership balanced?*The MDAC is balanced in terms of the functions to be performed, points of view to be considered and includes subject matter experts knowledgeable of Ballistic Missile Defense System programs. In addition, the committee may consult with experts in academia and industry.Members serve an initial two-year term not to exceed four years on the Committee. Member appointments are staggered among the Committee membership to ensure an orderly turnover in the Committee's overall composition on a periodic basis.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Per it's charted, the estimated number of MDAC meetings is four per year. At the discretion of the Director, MDA, MDAC meetings have not been convened in FY14. Pending the outcome of discussions between the Director, MDA and the USD(AT&L), meetings may be convened in FY15.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The MDAC serves the public interest by providing independent advice and recommendations on all matters relating to missile defense, including system development, technology, program maturity and readiness of configurations of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. There is no existing Department of Defense staff or committee now performing these functions.At the discretion of the USD(AT&L) and DepSecDef, in consultation w/the Director, MDA, its functions may be continued, terminated or assumed by another DoD government entity or corporate-level directed group(s).
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are closed to the public based on the DoD determination that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c) -- Government in the Sunshine Act. Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, who is the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) or designee, and only after consultation with the Office of the Department of Defense General Counsel. As delegated (November 9, 2007 and modified August 13, 2012) by the USD(AT&L), the Director, MDA has the authority to determine, in consultation with the appropriate General Counsel, whether to close all of part of a MDAC meeting to the public pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552b, as amended, and 41 § 102-3.155.Meeting discussions involve classified matters of national security concerns. Such classified material is so intertwined with the unclassified material that it is unreasonable to segregate these discussions without defeating the effectiveness and meaning of the overall meeting.
Recommendation RemarksCHARTER: The recommended future board management plan for the MDAC is pending the outcome of discussions between the Director, MDA and the USD(AT&L). The MDAC's Charter was approved and filed September 27, 2012; amended December 18, 2012; its Member Balance Plan was updated December 12, 2012. Unless renewed, the MDAC's Charter will expire September 26, 2014.

MEMBERS: All MDAC parent and its three permanent subcommittee members (derived from parent) terms of service expired August 3, 2014. Prospective new members and transition plan for members whose terms of service have expired are pending the outcome of discussions between the Director, MDA and the USD(AT&L). MDAC member Dr. James Kerce resigned from the Committee effective May 15, 2013. All member correspondence should be forwarded to the MDAC Designated Federal Officer (Mr. Dave Bagnati) via the MDAC Executive Secretariat at

COSTS: Though no meetings were convened or reports developed during FY14, costs were incurred for ongoing MDAC Executive Secretariat support (recordkeeping, response to OSD tasking/data calls, and ad hoc member services). FY15 projected costs are based on anticipated outcome, of discussions between the Director, MDA's and the USD(AT&L), to renew the MDAC's charter; nominate and appoint new parent and subcommittee members and non-voting subject matter experts; and convene meetings.

MEETINGS: Last MDAC meeting (Preparatory Work) convened August 22, 2012. MDAC meetings planned for 3rd quarter FY12 through FY13 did not occur due to leadership transitions at both MDA and the Pentagon; scheduled missile defense tests; government travel restrictions and furloughs. Transition sessions held with the MDAC Chair and outgoing/incoming Director, MDA were held November 9, 2012 and February 8, 2013, respectively.

STUDIES AND ASSESSMENTS: MDA studies on Directed Energy and C4ISR/C2BMC are pending additional technical data requested for further review and assessment. A series of preparatory work meetings were convened July-August 2012 in support of these studies. An additional interrelated study originally scheduled for Oct/Nov 2012 was postponed.

INTERNAL CONTROLS: OSD Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation cost guidance and tool used to generate costs of hosting/attending and preparing committee study/report. Committee's internal controls are reviewed quarterly and FACA Database files are reviewed and updated (as necessary) every 60 days.

TRAINING: MDAC Executive Secretariat staff completed Department of Defense required online and classroom FACA training, as well as MDA-required annual Managers' Internal Controls Program and Records Management training.

COMMITTEE MANAGEMENT: The following activities are in process:

1. Establish external link (on MDA's public website) to the FACA database.
2. Design and develop MDAC performance measures (recommendations) "dashboard."
3. Design and develop secured MDAC "members only" collaborative "intranet" website.
4. Update MDAC SOP/desk-side handbook.
5. Develop Committee member/Executive Secretariat staff internal training materials.

The following activities are ongoing:

1. Compliance review of DoD Track Four Efficiency Initiative Decisions and associated administrative, policy and implementation requirements.
2. Best practice review; realignment/adjustment to benchmarks.
3. DoD, GSA and Congressional reviews.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentN/A.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Missile Defense Advisory Committee's perspective is informed by the expertise of non-government personnel who are leaders in national defense policy,acquisition and technical areas relating to the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Committee provides public insight which does not duplicate work performed by the Missile Defense Executive Board. The Committee has no oversight and/or monitoring responsibilities or authority.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*$1,000,001 - $5,000,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAll Committee members serve without compensation (travel and per diem only). The estimated cost (approximately $1.1-$2.6 million annually) to the government to acquire these resources would be prohibitive.Grants Review CommentN/A.
Number Of Recommendations*160Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe MDAC has successfully conducted five studies and five assessments which has produced 81 primary and 79 secondary recommendations. The MDAC’s findings and recommendations on the JASON MDA discrimination study, analysis and recommendations were used by the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Department of State. Its comprehensive review of all DoD and foreign Directed Energy science and technology efforts enabled MDA to articulate an informed decision on current and future application of these technologies. To date, two studies (Directed Energy and C4ISR/C2BMC) are pending additional requested technical information. The MDAC has also developed 24 primary and secondary insights, findings, and observations.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*48.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentMDA's leadership fully adopted the MDAC's recommendations on MDA's Capabilities-Based Acquisition Approach, Assessment of U.S. BMD Capabilities Against a Certain Potential Level of Threat, and Assessment of MDA's Strategic Priorities.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*17.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentMDA's leadership is considering the MDAC's recommendations on The Appropriate Role for MDA in Developing Integrated Air and Missile Defenses for U.S. Forces, for the U.S. Homeland, and for American Allies, BMD Cooperation, Directed Energy, and MDA's Strategic Priorities.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe MDAC Executive Secretariat is in the process of designing and developing an Agency-wide, web-based staff action control process/tracking system as, the primary database for MDAC recommendations. This web-based system will help track progress on recommendations more efficiently and resolve them in a timely manner. The current Microsoft Excel based recommendation database will be maintained as a back-up in the event of a system failure.DoD Cost Guidance calculators are used to develop costs for MDAC studies/reports; attending and hosting committee meetings.
Agency Feedback Comment*MDA has established and implemented a formal mechanism to track recommendations made by the MDAC. This tracking system provides the Sponsor (Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition,Technology and Logistics) through the Director, MDA, the ability to document, in summary form, all recommendations made by the MDAC since its establishment in August 2004.A comprehensive and robust process for tracking MDAC recommendations has been institutionalized with accountability aligned with General Accounting Office standards for internal control in the Federal government. This process is reviewed annually as part of the MDAC's FACA Annual Comprehensive Review.Recommendations developed by the MDAC are tracked by its Designated Federal Officer employing a Microsoft Excel database. The Director, MDA makes the final decision on which recommendations will be adopted, partially adopted, or rejected.Recommendations selected for full or partial adoption are tasked to the appropriate MDA Office of Primary Responsibility via an Agency-wide, web-based staff action control process/tracking system. Thirty calendar days prior to a scheduled committee meeting, the DFO obtains a status report of all recommendations from the respective MDA OPR. This information is reported to the MDAC during each Executive Session. Where appropriate, the MDAC may receive detailed reports directly from the respective MDA OPR. Additional follow-up and status of recommendations are provided during one-on-one sessions between the Director, MDA and the MDAC Chairman and Vice Chairman. All recommendations are routinely updated in the FACA database.Narrative Description*The Missile Defense Advisory Committee (MDAC) provides the Secretary of Defense, through the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Director, Missile Defense Agency, independent advice and recommendations on all matters relating to missile defense, including system development, technology, program maturity and readiness of configurations of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics or designee may act upon the Committee's advice and recommendations.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-030806Agency Strategic Priorities Subcommittee2015
 COM-026594Geopolitical Subcommittee2015
 COM-029328Technical Subcommittee2015


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-004979Missile Defense Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005613Missile Defense Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007219Missile Defense Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007741Missile Defense Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009321Missile Defense Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009812Missile Defense Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011189Missile Defense Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011664Missile Defense Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013054Missile Defense Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013549Missile Defense Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014974Missile Defense Advisory Committee2004