The Future of Missile Defense
The Future of Missile Defense is a new and exciting educational course designed to explore a wide range of contemporary defense and deterrence issues.
Missile defense was for decades a politically divisive and misunderstood area of international security policy. Today, it has become an integral part of U.S. and allied defense strategies, playing a critical role in power projection, regional deterrence frameworks, and relations with allies and partners.
Nevertheless, numerous challenges remain. Intercepting an enemy missile in flight is the ultimate precision guidance problem, and the spectrum of missile threats has never been more diverse or complex. Numerous technical, political, strategic, operational, and budgetary factors shape contemporary debates about active air and missile defenses.
Designed for working professionals, this course gives participants an intensive look across the complex issue sets that affect missile defense policy and programs. After beginning with the fundamentals of ballistic and cruise missile technology and general proliferation trends, we will explore the changing strategic narratives and evolving roles that active air and missile defenses have played over time and how changing strategic narratives inform and shape today’s programs of record.
The course also considers new approaches to countering missile threats, including a mix of active and passive measures, offense-defense integration, defeating missiles left-of-launch, non-kinetic technologies, and emerging challenges from hypersonic glide vehicles.
The Future of Missile Defense will be held at CSIS’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., over the course of three days. Hosted by the world’s top think tank for defense international security, participants will benefit from instruction and interaction with a cadre of lecturers with decades of experience working missile defense issues in the Pentagon, Congress, and the U.S. military.
Day 1: March 4, 2019
8:30-9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:45 am: Welcome and Introduction
10:00-11:15 am: Missile Strike and Defense: History and Strategy
11:30-12:45 pm: The Air and Missile Threat Spectrum
1:00-2:15 pm: Lunch Discussion: Institutions, Budgets, & Authorities
2:30-3:45 pm: Missile Defense Basics
4:00-5:30 pm: Regional Case Study
Day 2: March 5, 2019
8:30-9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00-10:15 am: Offense-Defense Integration
10:30-11:45 am: The U.S. Reconnaissance-Strike Complex
12:00-1:15 pm: Lunch Discussion: Building a Defense: Operational and Tactical Considerations
1:30-4:00 pm: Interactive Exercise
4:15-5:30 pm: Networking Reception
Day 3: March 6, 2019
8:30-9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00-10:30 am: Nonkinetic Effectors: Cyber Attack and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
10:45-12:00 pm: Future Interceptor Technologies
12:15-1:30 pm: Lunch Discussion: Missile Defense and Space
1:45-4:30 pm: Resource Allocation Exercise
4:45-5:30 pm: Debrief and Closing Remarks
*Titles and timing are subject to change.
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.