The Future of Missile Defense

A CSIS Executive Education Course

Course Dates
To be announced
1616 Rhode Island Ave,
NW Washington, DC 20036
$3,500 USD
registration Deadline
To be announced


The Future of Missile Defense is a three-day, seminar course designed to take participants through the complex set of issues that affect missile defense policy and programs. After beginning with the fundamentals of ballistic and cruise missile technology and general proliferation trends, participants explore the evolving roles that active air and missile defenses have played over time and how changing policy decisions inform and shape today’s program of record.

This real-time, interactive program also considers new approaches to countering missile threats, including a mix of active and passive measures, offense-defense integration, defeating missiles left-to-launch, non-kinetic technologies, and emerging challenges from hypersonic glide vehicles.
Hosted by the world’s top think tank for defense and national security, participants will benefit from instruction and interaction with a cadre of lecturers from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and guest lecturers with decades of experience working missile defense issues in the Pentagon, Congress, the U.S. military, and industry.


  • Seminars
    • AEGIS, THAAD, PAC-3, LRDR, IBCS, Standard Missiles, Patriot, GMD, SBX
    • The Air and Missile Threat Spectrum
    • Building a Defense: Operational Considerations
    • Future Defense Concepts
    • International Cooperation & Alliance Relationships
    • Missile Defense Fundamentals
    • Missile Defense and Space
    • Missile Strike and Defense: History and Strategy
    • Offense-Defense Integration
    • U.S. Government Perspectives
  • Workshops
    • NATO Air Defense Exercise
    • Resource Allocation Exercise


CSIS is seeking a professionally diverse cohort of mid-career leaders interested in a vibrant learning experience. The selection committee will consider candidates’ professional background and leadership potential, as well as demonstrated interest in the fields of international security, missile defense, or other related areas.


Previous and current participants include representatives from:

Australian Department of Defense, Booz Allen Hamilton, Canada Department of National Defence, Catholic University of America, Embassy of Australia, Fujitsu, General Tool Company, Government of Canada, ITOCHU Aviation, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group, Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mercury Systems, Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Marine Corps, U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs


For more information, please contact Shaan Shaikh at