Intercepting attacking missiles in the boost phase intercept has the advantage of destroying the missile before the dispersal of its warheads and/or countermeasures in the form of decoys. Dr. Canavan discussed the desirability and feasibility of achieving boost phase missile defense. He also reviewed the required technologies and systems.
Dr. Canavan has worked in the area of missile and defense technologies for over twenty-five years. He has served as Director of the Office of Inertial Fusion at the Department of Energy and as Deputy to the Air Force Chief of Staff. Since 1981, Dr.Canavan has been Scientific Advisor, Physics Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2000, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions in military science and technology and their transfer to the civilian sector.