Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, toured the 2019 Space & Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville on Thursday.
“It was great to meet with defense leaders from here at home and across the nation during my more than 30 booth visits at the 2019 Space & Missile Defense Symposium held this week at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center,” Brooks said. “I’m especially grateful to those who showed me around and updated me on their latest projects and plans for the future. The Tennessee Valley is immensely blessed with an outstanding high-tech workforce, and I’m consistently impressed with the important work done here in North Alabama to help keep our nation secure. The future of Space and Missile Defense is a bright one in the Tennessee Valley.”
The Space & Missile Defense Symposium is the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community. The annual symposium is widely attended by leaders and professionals from the United States and our allies around the world.
The speakers at this year’s event included Executive Director of AMCOM William Marriott, Maj. Gen. Robert Harter, Vice Adm. Jon Hill, the Deputy Director of the Air and Missile Defense Cross Functional Team Daryl Youngman, Maj. Gen. Richard Evans, Gen. John Murray, Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood, Brig. Gen. Robert Rasch, the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Tomas Karako, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin and Lt. Gen. James Dickinson.
Event sponsors include the National Defense Industrial Association-Tennessee Valley Chapter, the Air Space and Missile Defense Association and the Air Defense Artillery Association-Huntsville Chapter. Patrons of the event included BAE Systems, Dynetics, Lockheed Martin, SAIC and Leidos. Boeing was the titanium patron of this year’s event. There were over 186 exhibitors at this year’s symposium.
Huntsville is the home of Redstone Arsenal, a U.S. Army base that is essential to America’s missile defenses. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center and the Missile Defense Agency are all located at Redstone.
Brooks is serving his fifth term representing Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. Brooks previously served in the Alabama Legislature, as Madison County commissioner, as district attorney and as a prosecutor.