Boeing has confirmed that it will
relocate the headquarters for its Missile Defense Systems (MDS)
division from Arlington, Va., to the company's facilities in
Huntsville, starting immediately. The move will ensure MDS remains
aligned with its government customers, while adding to Boeing's
presence in the Huntsville community.
Initially, Boeing will shift division management and support
functions, such as Human Resources and Finance, to Huntsville, and
will evaluate moving other employees currently working on MDS
programs in Arlington. Between 40 and 50 positions may be
transferred by the end of this year.
"Huntsville is a leader in the aerospace industry, and Boeing is
proud of its 47-year partnership with this community, which now
includes work on defense, space and commercial programs," said Greg
Hyslop, vice president and general manager for Boeing Missile
Defense Systems. "Our customers have been locating more of their
personnel and operations in this community, so now is the right
time for us to center our missile defense business here as well. We
want to remain close to our customers and the vital
national-security programs Boeing employees support."
In addition, "Boeing already has 3,200 highly skilled employees
and numerous program partners in Alabama," said Hyslop. "Bringing
our missile defense headquarters to Boeing's Huntsville site
demonstrates the importance of those operations to Boeing, both now
and in the future."
Boeing is the largest aerospace company in Alabama and one of
the state's largest employers. Current company operations in
Huntsville include the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program and
other missile defense work, such as the Arrow system and the
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 seeker, as well as work associated
with Ares I, the International Space Station, Future Combat
Systems, Avenger, SBInet, and engineering for the 787 and the P-8A
The Missile Defense Systems division of Boeing, which includes
more than 3,500 employees across the United States, provides
integrated missile defense solutions for all phases of ballistic
missile threats -- boost, midcourse and terminal. MDS' Directed
Energy Systems unit develops systems to address multiple defense
needs and customers.