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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Outline

    Making Decisions in Missile Defense


    Course Outline:

    I. Making Decisions & Form of Defense
    A. Difficulty in Making Decisions
    B. Forms & Aims of Defense
    C. Measures of Defense
    1. Protected Area
    2. Survivability (inc WMD)

    II. Nature of Missile Threat
    A. Ballistic Missiles
    B. Cruise Missiles
    C. Delivery Mechanisms
    D. Lessons from History

    III. Performance
    A. Layered Defense
    B. Defended Footprints
    C. Special Topics

    IV. Cost & Risk
    A. Costs & Budgets
    B. Life Cycle Cost Components
    C. Architecture Costs
    D. Risk Management Methods

    V. Acquisition Schedule
    A. Acquisition Policies
    1. US & Other Nations
    2. NATO
    B. Program Statistics

    VI. Evaluation
    A. Formulating the Right Question
    B. Analytical Treatment
    C. Political Factors
    D. Less Precise Decision Making