Missile Defence Logo Controversy, Is It Over Yet?

This week there has been a big buzz on Twitter about the U.S. Missile Defence Agency logo. The logo was designed by TMP Government, an agency dedicated to designing programs exclusively for government and contractors. Here’s the logo:

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Another day, another logo. So what’s the fuss about? The logo isn’t brand new, as it has been on the Missile Defence Agency web site since last Autumn, but some American conservatives’ are claiming the logo looks like a fusion of the Obama campaign logo and the Muslim crescent moon and star, and the conspiracy theorists are coming out of the wood work.

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Some people are also seeing a close resemblence to the Iranian Space Agency logo. Well the colors are similar anyway.

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The Missile Defence Agency is still using the old official logo in the footer of the web site. Richard Lehner, a spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency, said about the controversial logo, “It isn’t a new logo to replace the official logo. It’s a logo developed for recruiting materials and for our public website. Also, it was used prior to the 2008 election and it has no link to any political campaign.”

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If you take a look at the TMP Government web site (the people who designed the new logo), they have a small slide show displaying different usage of the logo including some nice brochure design. Forget the conspiracy theories though, the wierdest thing of all though has to be the Engineer Trading Cards which sport the logo. Top Trumps Engineers? Now that’s worrying.

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The story has also been covered by a lot of newspapers including The Washington Post, The Telegraph and The Washington Times. Brand New have a good article with some humorous opinion on the new logo if you’d like to read more.

So what do you think of the logo? Do you like it? Is it a throwback to an 80’s space game? Are the conspiracy theorists correct saying it looks like the Obama logo meets Islam?

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  • Clint

    Ok the whole conspiracy thing is just whack! Turkey flag does not equal terrorism. Muslims do not equal terrorists. That is racism. Americans that believe so need to get better educated, go travel the world and realise there are bigger, better things outside your prison of a country.

  • nedlud

    Some people have too much time on their hands and need to get a life.

  • George

    Especially ironic is the fact that TMP Government also has done work for KBR and Blackwater. I’m not sure that fits with the conspiracy to make a new missile defense logo that resembles Obama’s logo. To be fair, though, there is a lot of similarity there.

  • Harold

    What controversy?! Has it been a slow news weekend?

  • jamus

    Obama campaign logo + Muslim crescent moon and star = Quality Web hosting? Interesting add placement at some window sizes!

  • zendak

    Simply fantastic. Ironically, what’s wrong with these morons is essentially the same thing that’s wrong with the Allah Ice Cream Cone Controversy morons, just a different flavour.

    Also ironic: Turkey is probably the most secular country in the “Muslim world”. But maybe Amrican right wing fundies are more scared of secularism than of the Muslim straw man.

    I really wish some major brand would adopt a Eye of Horus-777-pyramid logo, just to make the NWO nuts nervous.

  • spheroid

    What about Google’s Chrome logo using rainbow colors very similar to the Microsoft Office or Windows logo?

    Who cares!

  • http://www.webdesign-gm.co.uk/cheltenham-web-design.php TomBradshaw

    It does just look like a modern Amercian logo for a governmental body, the Obama logo is a good one thus they’ve copied it a little. Why are conservatives annoyed? Missile Defence is as conservative as it gets, you’ve really got to pick your fights a bit more wisely.

    Looks like the Nike tick to me anyway!

  • Bitmesh

    Yeah I don’t come to Sitepoint to read these kinds of things.

  • XLCowBoy

    The only real problem here is how awful the logo actually is. It reminds me of something I would see on a Saturday morning cartoon.

  • Jack B.

    It looks eerily similar to me. If any of you follow politics in America, you’d know that our people are scared to death of Obama’s socialism and radical Islamic ties, and so that is why this logo is causing controversy.

  • Andy

    It’s obviously a re-tooled version of the “Meatball” logo that NASA has been using since 1959.