NASA signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the
U.S. Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The
MOA allows the two organizations to exchange information and
collaborate on crucial matters affecting safety and mission

Under the agreement, NASA and MDA will exchange information
about safety and quality methodology and participate jointly
in work groups, studies, analysis, and supplier
audit/assessment activities. NASA and MDA have also agreed to
share relevant documents, data and information about topics
such as mission assurance practices, the status of risks in
parts and materiel supply chains.

“Sharing information and ideas that address the challenges of
safe and successful space flight will help both agencies,”
said Bryan O’Connor, NASA’s Associate Administrator for
Safety and Mission Assurance, after signing the agreement

This MOA is the latest in a series of actions resulting from
information exchanges between NASA and other organizations
that manage high-risk operations. This includes an MOA signed
in August with the U.S. Navy to identify and use the “best of
the best” safety and engineering practices of each

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