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1st Edition

Air and Missile Defense Systems Engineering

ISBN 9781439806708
Published March 15, 2016 by CRC Press
271 Pages 125 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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


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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.


"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