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Men's Soccer World Cup 2022 Clash Between the U.S. and Wales. Credit: Ronny Przysucha, U.S. Department of State

We congratulate the country of Argentina for winning the tournament, and the country of Qatar for making the World Cup safe for the millions of people, in organizing, hosting, and defending them in a monumental historic World sports event. The best offense is a great defense, and the best Team has a great offense with a great defense. The World Cup and Qatar have proven it. The final intense clash between Argentina and France was historic, providing the truth because no matter how fast, how many, and how powerful your strikers might be, if you do not have a strong defense and a good goalkeeper, you cannot win a World Cup Championship. These two countries had the best offensive teams in the entire tournament and ended the game in penalty kicks relying on the goalie to define the winner of the World Cup.

In their protection of the World Cup venues, Qatar deployed a wide formation of defensive systems

  • Outside Fullbacks – German Gepard Self-Propelled AA Guns, along with British Blowpipe MANPADS were acquired and deployed to defend the stadiums from drones and other low-flying aerial threats.  
  • Center Fullback – The German Skynex system and the Norwegian NASAMS with AARAM and Extended range AARAM interceptors were deployed in key locations for 360 degrees Missile Defense against cruise missiles.  
  • Goalie – The US PATRIOT System. More than 10 batteries were operationally deployed in Qatar.

Qatar also has the best offense in the region – the Al Udeid AFB has since 1999 been part of the Multi-National Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) for the Arabian Sea and GCC region. The joint base hosts fighter squadrons from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Qatari Kingdom. It is the largest base in the Middle East region with its own missile defense command and systems.

Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, US Centcom and the remaining allies of the Middle East region live safely and prosper with the best regional missile defense systems in the world in capacity and capabilities. 

Mission Statement

MDAA’s mission is to make the world safer by advocating for the development and deployment of missile defense systems to defend the United States, its armed forces and its allies against missile threats.

MDAA is the only organization in existence whose primary mission is to educate the American public about missile defense issues and to recruit, organize, and mobilize proponents to advocate for the critical need of missile defense. We are a non-partisan membership-based and membership-funded organization that does not advocate on behalf of any specific system, technology, architecture or entity.