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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Making Decisions in Missile Defense


    This course treats in a consistent manner the various key factors that must be taken into account when deciding on the form of missile defense for any nation. It first takes the technical factors of performance, cost, schedule and risk and determines which system out of a set of candidate systems provides the best solution based on a given set of easily understood criteria. These technical solutions are then modified, in a controlled and transparent manner, by such modifiers as political factors, national requirements and other less tangible factors. All factors are presented with both historical background trends for contextual appreciation and with known values that can be either statistical State-of-Art values or user input values as needed. Engineering formulation of equations and data is provided sparingly where necessary for technical background and for sensitivity analyses. The course provides a methodology that can be used after the course for further use.

    Key Topics:

    • Making Decisions & Form of Defense
    • Nature of Missile Threat
    • Performance
    • Cost & Risk
    • Acquisition Schedule
    • Evaluation

    Who Should Attend:

    This course is designed to help decision makers at all levels in the missile defense business. This includes elected officials of the nations of the Alliance who must deal with broad issues associated with protection of the populace from missile attack. It is for procurement officials in the defense departments who must decide between major programs of defense weapon systems. For senior managers in the defense firms who seek choices between performance, cost, schedule and risk. For military officers who make choices involving defense of forces against a variety of missile attacks. It is for engineers who provide right designs to satisfy other decision makers already listed.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Fundamentals/Intermediate

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:

    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2-3 days
    AIAA CEU's available: yes