Washington Times: Missile Defense Agency Logo Takes Cue From Obama Campaign ’08?
From a joint named “weaselzippers” (great name) via the Washington Times, here’s something I just don’t quite know what to make of.
There’s a new logo in use for the Missile Defense Agency. The old one was straight-forward. It had Earth, it had sky, it had the colors of the Soviet flag forming the intercepted missile. The new one … well, look for yourself:
I don’t quite know what to make of it. There is a distinct similarity between the new Missile Defense Agency logo and the logo used by President Obama during his 2008 campaign. I also see an Islamic crescent in the new logo, albeit a blue one.
Is Barack Obama looking to co-opt missile defense? Highly unlikely, considering how he prioritizes it. Could it just be coincidence, combining red, white and blue with a stylized version of the previous logo? It seems unlikely.
Whatever the reason may be, I don’t like it. I’m with the folks at the Times — it should be changed. Pronto.
E-mails to the Missile Defense Agency about the logo have been returned with the following explanation:
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.
Now, I cannot say that I like the design, but I was certainly wrong to take the assumptions that it had something to do with this president and run with it. My apologies, folks.