The Future of Missile Defense

A CSIS Executive Education Course


CSIS is pleased to offer The Future of Missile Defense, a real-time virtual course October 19-22, 2020. We look forward to continuing to offer you high-quality professional development opportunities in this new format.

Course Dates
 October 19-22, 2020
$3,000 USD
Registration Deadline        
 October 5, 2020


The Future of Missile Defense is a four-day, online 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:

Booz Allen Hamilton, Catholic University of America, Embassy of Australia, Fujitsu, Government of Canada, Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mitsubishi Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs


For more information, please contact Joel Martinez, Program Coordinator, at