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Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
Type Operating Division
Industry Aerospace and defense
Founded 1939
2002 (as Boeing IDS)
Headquarters Berkeley, Missouri, United States
Key people Dennis A. Muilenburg (President and CEO for BDS)[1]
Revenue US$30,791 million (2005)[2]
Employees 68,000[3]
Parent The Boeing Company
Website boeing.com/bds/

Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) formerly known as Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) is a unit of The Boeing Company responsible for defense and aerospace products and services. Boeing Integrated Defense Systems was formed in 2002 by combining the former "Military Aircraft and Missile Systems" and "Space and Communications" divisions.[4] Boeing Defense, Space & Security makes Boeing the second-largest defense contractor in the world and was responsible for 45% of the company's income in 2011.[5] BDS is based in Berkeley, Missouri,[6][7] near the city of St. Louis. Boeing was the largest employer in St. Louis County in 2000.[8]

Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a consolidated group which brought together major names in aerospace; Boeing Military Airplane Company; Hughes Satellite Systems; Hughes Helicopters minus the commercial helicopter products (which were divested as MD Helicopters); Piasecki Helicopter, subsequently known as Boeing Vertol and then Boeing Helicopters; the St. Louis-based McDonnell division of the former McDonnell Douglas Company; and the former North American Aviation division of Rockwell International.

History[edit | edit source]

Boeing Defense, Space & Security is headquartered near St. Louis, Missouri, with other major employment locations in California and Washington state. Boeing chose to locate the defense systems offices in the St. Louis area because of the role of the space and aircraft programs of the former McDonnell Douglas location, and bipartisan support from area politicians.[9]

Organization[edit | edit source]

BDS is organized into the following subdivisions as of January 2011:[3]

  • Boeing Military Aircraft is responsible for fighter aircraft, airlifters, aerial refuelling tankers, helicopters, and airborne warfare systems. This group is headquartered in Northern Virginia, and led by John Chris Chadwick. This group was previously known as Precision Engagement & Mobility Systems (PE&MS) before July 11, 2008.
    • Global Strike
    • Mobility
    • Surveillance and Engagement
    • Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems
      • Insitu, former partner of Boeing, was purchased in July 2008 (with the transaction closing September 8), and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.[10] Insitu developed the ScanEagle UAV and is currently developing new UAV platforms and control systems. Insitu is headquartered in Bingen, Washington.
  • Network & Space Systems is responsible for BCT Modernization, rocket launch systems, missile defense, satellites, other networking services and also the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs. This group will be headquartered in Northern Virginia, and led by Roger Krone.
  • Global Services & Support is responsible for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, material management, training systems, international business operations, and advanced logistic systems.

Products[edit | edit source]

Bombers[edit | edit source]

Rotorcraft[edit | edit source]

Fighter and attack aircraft[edit | edit source]

X-32B Joint Strike Fighter

F-15E Strike Eagle

Tankers and transports[edit | edit source]

KC-135 Stratotanker refuels F-15C Eagle

Surveillance and other military[edit | edit source]

E-3 Sentry

Unmanned aerial vehicles[edit | edit source]

The X-45A UAV, a prototype for the significantly larger X-45C

Missiles[edit | edit source]

Space launch and exploration[edit | edit source]

Delta rocket family

Boeing Launch Services Inc. (BLS) is Boeing's commercial launch service provider. On behalf of its commercial customers, BLS administers launch service contracts for Delta II and Delta IV launches conducted by United Launch Alliance. In November 2010, Boeing Defense, Space & Security was selected by NASA for consideration for potential contract awards for heavy lift launch vehicle system concepts, and propulsion technologies.[11]

Satellites[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

the Pegasus-class hydrofoils

Facilities[edit | edit source]

On July 21, 2006, Boeing announced that it would be consolidating its Southern California locations. The Boeing facility in Anaheim will be moving to Huntington Beach, California.[12]

  • Huntsville, Alabama[13] (Spacelab, International Space Station, Delta)
  • Mesa, Arizona[13] (AH-64, AH-6i)
  • Anaheim, California[13]
  • El Segundo, California[13] (satellite complex: 601, 702)
  • Palmdale, California[13] (Space Shuttle)
  • Long Beach, California[13] (C-17)
  • Seal Beach, California[13] (Saturn V rocket and Skylab projects (original contractor Douglas Aircraft Company)
  • Huntington Beach, California[13] (Saturn V, X-51A, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, Delta, and ISS)
  • Macon, Georgia[13] (C-17)
  • Kennedy Space Center, Florida[13] (as part of United Space Alliance and United Launch Alliance)
  • Wichita, Kansas[13] The company said it is going to shut down the Wichita facility by 2013.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana [13] (S-IC stage - Boeing was the prime contractor where the Michoud Assembly Facility was used for the final assembly)
  • St. Louis, Missouri (F-15, F/A-18)
  • St. Charles, Missouri (weapons)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[13] (H-46, H-47, V-22)
  • El Paso, Texas[13] (B-1B, PAC-3, power and electronics components for ISS, F-22, and F-15, assembly and test for Minuteman III missile guidance system)
  • Houston, Texas[13]
  • San Antonio, Texas[13] - military aircraft maintenance
  • Puget Sound, Washington[13]
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma (F-15/F-15E)[14][volume & issue needed]
  • Washington D.C. area[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Boeing Defense, Space & Security Leadership. Boeing.
  2. "Hoover's Company Records - In-depth Records: Boeing Defense, Space & Security", Hoover's Inc. Retrieved on 2007-01-15
  3. 3.0 3.1 Integrated Defense Systems: Overview. Boeing, January 2011. Retrieved: January 16, 2011.
  4. Boeing Realigns Defense, Intelligence and Space Businesses
  5. "Defense News Top 100" (for 2011 using 2011 data). Defense News.
  6. "Berkeley city, Missouri." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 8, 2009.
  7. "Mcdonnell Douglas Corporation (Boeing Defense, Space & Security)." Manta. Retrieved on June 8, 2009.
  8. "5. Airport/North Region Profile." City of St. Louis. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  9. "St. Louis Lands $23 Billion Boeing Defense, Space & Security Headquarters." St. Louis Commerce Magazine. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  10. Boeing Completes Acquisition of Insitu, Boeing, September 9, 2008. Retrieved September 25, 2008.
  11. "NASA Selects Companies for Heavy-Lift Vehicle Studies". NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/nov/HQ_10-292_Heavy_Lift.html. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  12. to Consolidate Southern California Facilities. Boeing (2006-07-21). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 13.15 13.16 13.17 Boeing Defense, Space & Security locations in the U.S.. Boeing, December 2009.
  14. New York Times

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