The Missle Defense Agency’s New Emblem
Someone online asked me to view the new emblem of the Missle Defense Agency on their website and asked me for my opinioin. I was disgusted by what I saw.
This is what the logos used to be:
I went ahead and emailed the MDA asking for an explanation on the new logo and this is what I got:
Thank you for your email to the Missile Defense Agency regarding the graphic design shown at the top of our website pages.
This design was developed three years ago for use on a variety of recruiting materials at universities, job fairs and other recruiting venues. It has not replaced the official Missile Defense Agency heraldry prominently displayed on our website as well as on all Agency news releases, fact sheets and other information materials. It also has no connection to any political entity or campaign, and was developed well in advance of the 2008 election.
Again, thank you for your email to the Missile Defense Agency.
So what is the controversy, you ask? What does the emblem look like to you? The first impression I got was that it was a cross between Obama’s logo and an Islamic symbol.
But it also could be a rip-off of the Iranian Space Agency’s logo:
I’m not alone in my thoughts, because even Frank Gaffney, writing on his blog, expressed alarm. “The Obama administration’s determined effort to reduce America’s missile defense capabilities initially seemed to be just standard Leftist fare,” wrote Gaffney, a senior Pentagon official in the Reagan administration. But “a just-unveiled symbolic action suggests, however, that something even more nefarious is afoot.”
Of course, MDA spokesman Rick Lehener told the Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe that “It did not replace our official MDA logo, and of course it has no ties to any political campaign. It was done one year before the 2008 elections. So the whole thing is pretty ridiculous.” Lehner said the insignia was chosen because it was “cheaper, because it’s three colors as opposed to the five colors on the official logo.“
Personally, I tried to find when it was put into action, but could not find anything on it. It appears that TMP.Government created the emblem. I’ve contacted TMP to find the answer to when they created the the logo.