Aviation & Missile Center


The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the Army’s focal point for providing research, development and engineering technology and services for aviation and missile platforms across the life cycle.

The CCDC AvMC has a long history of providing unparalleled service to its aviation and missile customers, while always striving to provide the greatest service to its ultimate customer – the Soldier – by providing technology and weapon system solutions to ensure his/her victory on the battlefield.

The CCDC AvMC traces its origins back to October 1948, when the chief of ordnance designated Redstone Arsenal as the center for research and development in the field of rockets. In 1962, the U.S. Army Missile Command, including the Directorate of Research and Development, was activated and has since been re-designated multiple times.


Juanita M. Christensen

Executive Director, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center

Dr. Juanita M. Christensen is the executive director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center. In this role, she leads more than 9,000 government and contract employees in meeting current and future aviation and missile platform life cycle needs in support of America’s Warfighter.

Juanita is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, a master’s in computer resources and information systems management, and a doctorate of management in organizational leadership. Her career began with Boeing as an electronics engineer in St. Louis and migrated to Alabama in 1991, where she worked in various capacities. She moved to what is now known as CCDC AvMC in 2012, and was selected for the Senior Executive Service in February 2015.