Air and Missile Defense Systems Engineering: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Air and Missile Defense Systems Engineering

1st Edition

By Warren J. Boord, John B. Hoffman

CRC Press

251 pages | 125 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781439806708
pub: 2016-03-15
SAVE ~$29.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429131417
pub: 2016-04-06
from $72.50

FREE Standard Shipping!


Air and Missile Defense Systems Engineering fills a need for those seeking insight into the design procedures of the air and missile defense system engineering process. Specifically aimed at policy planners, engineers, researchers, and consultants, it presents a balanced approach to negating a target in both natural and electronic attack environments, and applies physics-based system engineering to designing and developing a balanced air and missile defense system. The book provides an in-depth description of the missile defense design development process as well as the underlying technical foundation of air and missile defense systems engineering.

Utilizing the authors’ many years of combined engineering experience, this book considers new air missile defense system technologies and innovative architectures that can be used to meet performance requirements while also minimizing design, development, and operational costs over the lifecycle of a combat system. It also includes the latest systems design techniques that can be applied to new and existing systems, and introduces systems engineering principles that can be discussed and readily applied to other missile defense system scenarios.

Additionally, this book:

  • Focuses on shipborne missile defense systems that provide their own ship defense against missiles and protection of other nearby ships
  • Emphasizes the analysis and trade space associated with producing a balanced air and missile defense system (AMDS)
  • Addresses the importance of architectures and technologies
  • Traces requirements development through system performance tradeoffs
  • Includes results of radar and missile performance tradeoffs in a realistic environment

Air and Missile Defense Systems Engineering provides an understanding of the physics of missile defense systems and the key performance parameters that drive the capabilities of these systems. This book serves as a valuable resource for missile defense engineers and other practicing professionals, as well as a teaching reference for graduate-level courses.


"Air and missile defense is one of the toughest missions facing the US armed forces today. …Our forward deployed forces are in situations now that present combined anti-ship and ballistic missile threat conditions. Serious systems engineering of new systems to counter these threats along with the simultaneous engineering to upgrade… are required to keep pace with the threats. …This volume addresses the crucial steps needed to achieve the needed outcome to fight and win."

—James S. Polk, CAPT, USN, (Ret.), VP Operations Technology Service Corporation; former AEGIS Technical Director, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction and Background


Why Is Missile Defense an Important Topic?


Systems Engineering Fundamentals

Pre–Phase A

Phase A

Phase B

Phases C–F

Concept-of-Operations Development

Product Architecture

Requirement-Driven Acquisitions

Verification and Validation


Missile Defense Problem

Overview of the Missile Defense Problem

Air Defense Environment


Pre–Phase A: The Air and Missile Defense Program

Pre–Phase A: The Air and Missile Defense Program Plan


Air and Missile Defense Mission Needs and Definitions

Air and Missile Defense Measures of Effectiveness

Top-Level Requirements


Phase A: AMD System Requirements

AMD Mission Needs: Requirements to CONOPS

Systems Architecture Functional Requirements

Allocation of Functions to Systems

System Performance and Interface Requirements

CDS: Sensor Suite System Performance Requirements

Engagement System Performance Requirements

System Requirements Document


Phase B: Preliminary Design

Target System

Sensor Suite

Battlespace Assessment

Engagement Analysis

Missile Subsystem Preliminary Design


Preliminary Systems Design Trade Analysis

Battlespace Performance Summary


Allocation of Performance Requirements

Allocation of Radar Performance Requirements to Subsystems

Allocation of Interceptor Performance Requirements to Interceptor Subsystems

Physics and Mathematics of AMD Design and Analysis

Interceptors and Flight Analysis

Target and Clutter Returns

Seeker Noise Sources



About the Authors

Warren Boord has 28 years of defense community experience and is currently with the Department of the Navy. John B. Hoffman has over 25 years of radar and antenna systems engineering experience and currently works as a consultant.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings: