Missile Defense: Making Decisions
This three-day course treats in a consistent manner the various key factors that must be taken into account when deciding on the form of missile defense for any nation. It first takes the technical factors of performance, cost, schedule and risk and determines which system out of a set of candidate systems provides the best solution based on a given set of easily understood criteria. These technical solutions are then modified, in a controlled and transparent manner, by such modifiers as political factors, national requirements and other less tangible factors. All factors are presented with both historical background trends for contextual appreciation and with known values that can be either statistical State-of-Art values or user input values as needed. Engineering formulation of equations and data is provided sparingly where necessary for technical background and for sensitivity analyses. Attendees will receive Mr. Mantle's AIAA book The Missile Defense Equation: Factors for Decision Making.
Peter Mantle with over 40 years of experience in engineering and program management, has served in industry and government in UK, Canada and the US. In The Pentagon, he was the US Navy's liaison executive to the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983. He was Chairman of NATO's studies on air & missile defense 1990-2000. He was the Chairman of US Delegation to NATO's Industrial Advisory group 2003-2007. He has lectured in Europe, India and the US and has authored many articles on missile defense and other topics.