President Barack Obama nominated Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves to be the next director of the Missile Defense Agency. Greaves currently serves as the Commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. In this role he oversaw the Air Force’s acquisition efforts on military space programs, to include satellites and launch vehicles. Prior to this assignment, he was the Deputy Director of the Missile Defense Agency from August 2012-June 2014. Greaves will be taking the place of current MDA Director, Vice Admiral James Syring, who has held the post since November 2012.