MDA Information Systems LLC (MDA IS LLC) is a U.S. operating unit of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA LTD) that specializes in the innovation and development of advanced information solutions in three specialty areas: Geospatial, Weather, and ISR. MDA Information Systems LLC is an independent subsidiary of MDA LTD operating under a proxy agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense. MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA LTD) focuses on the exploration, sustainable development and management of the Earth's resources and the monitoring of the environment. MDA is a world leader in the utilization of remote sensing data from aircraft and satellites and is the largest commercial provider of enhanced satellite imagery. Remote sensing and spatial data base technologies are tools used by natural resource scientists to better understand, use and manage the Earth's resources. There is a single compelling reason to employ remote sensing and GIS technologies: they are extraordinarily cost-effective tools. MDA Information Systems LLC has been preeminent in the development and use of these powerful and advanced technologies. Our success is due in part to a corporate commitment to employing scientists who are first and foremost experts in the natural phenomena of their chosen disciplines. One cannot be a high tech geologist at MDA until first being a very good geologist. The instruments do not make the musician. When you hire MDA, you are hiring people who understand natural phenomena and processes, and who are also skilled in the use of a variety of space age technologies. For over 40 years, MDA Information Systems LLC has conducted resource programs around the world for private and public clients. MDA's technical staff, which includes intelligence analysts, foresters, agronomists, ecologists, wildlife biologists, geologists, geographers, meteorologists, computer scientists, physicists and photographic specialists, have made substantial contributions to the advancement of large image and data processing, information technology and GIS. MDA has performed over 350 studies in the fields of forestry, land use, environmental analysis, change detection, GIS, military applications, mineral exploration and agriculture. MDA provides weather and agricultural information to more than 200,000 customers every day.