Contributions of Sensors to an Effective Missile Defense

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Date(s) - 10/12/201112:00 am - 1:30 pm


Sensors are an essential component of an effective missile defense system. Space-, sea-, air- and land-based sensor systems track an attacking ballistic missile through its flight, guiding the defense’s interceptors to the interception point and focusing on the warhead.

On October 12, the George Marshall Institute, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Space Transportation Association, continued their series of events on ballistic missile defense by hosting a session devoted to the current status and future developments affecting the sensor systems in the U.S. missile defense program.

Speakers presented the current architecture, discuss its capabilities and limitations, identify approaches to improve sensor and detection abilities, and assessed challenges confronting these programs and future investments.

Panelists included:

  • David Zabalaoui, Director of Business Development, Space Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • F. Al Riley, Director, Strategy, Strategic Concepts and Initiatives, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
  • John Sandvig, Director of Advanced Development for the Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB) Program, Boeing Corp.


Contributions of Sensors to an Effective Missile Defense

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