Joseph Mulé (right) and Paul Mann

Joseph Mulé, right, is presented the 2023 Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Pathfinder Award from Paul Mann, Program Executive, Sea-Based Weapon Systems, Missile Defense Agency.

Credit: Aegis BMD Program Office

Press Release

‘Pathfinder’ Mulé Honored for Missile Defense Contributions

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) engineer Joseph Mulé was presented with the Missile Defense Agency’s prestigious 2023 Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Pathfinder Award at a ceremony on Jan. 9 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the nation’s missile defense programs.

Mulé has been with APL for 32 years and serves as chief engineer for targets and kinetic prototyping. He is the sixth APL staff member to receive the Pathfinder Award in the 17 years of its existence. The annual award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, technical excellence and innovation on Aegis BMD systems.

“I am truly honored to be a recipient of this award, and I am very humbled to be included on this list of distinguished pioneers who received this award before me,” said Mulé during his acceptance speech. “These pioneers made huge impacts not only on this historic missile defense capability but on me personally and professionally. They were role models to me, showing by example how to be a leader and an engineer and how to persevere and resolve challenging issues. My gratitude to these Pathfinders is immense.”