Presentation on theme: "National Missile Defense System Bruce Lei. Outline History of the National Missile Defense System How the National Missile Defense System will work Career."— Presentation transcript:
Outline History of the National Missile Defense System How the National Missile Defense System will work Career Requirements
History 1958 Nike-Zeus Program –Initiated one year after the USSR launches the Sputnik satellite –First US effort to develop a long range defense against ballistic missiles –Goal was to develop a interceptor that can carry a 400 Kiloton nuclear warhead up to the exoatmosphere –Cancelled by President Kennedy in 1961
1972 ABM Treaty –Limited each country to one anti-ballistic missile interceptor site with up to 100 interceptors –The USSR chooses to implement their Galosh system in Moscow –The US chooses to defend Grand Forks, North Dakota.
1983 Strategic Defense Initiative –Started by President Reagan, it was an ambitious project to develop a multilayered space defense system that would: make nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete -President Reagan, 3/23/1983 –At the end of the cold war, a space based system was deemed too excessive and abandoned in favor of a more limited, ground based system
2001 - US withdraws from ABM Treaty President Bush calls for accelerated research into a ground-based missile defense system that will be deployed in the year 2005 Significance of 2005
How the System Works 1.Early warning radar: Space based infrared systems detect the launch of ballistic missiles.
2. Battle Management, Command, Control & Communications Center: Tracks the missiles from launch and relays trajectory and probable impact point to other systems
3. Ground Based Radar: Uses advanced radar signal processing to track missiles and distinguish between warheads and decoys
4. Interceptors: Ground based interceptors will collide with the targeted missile at a velocity over 15,000 mph
Career Requirements US Citizenship required Educational Requirements –College graduate majoring in one of the following fields: –Engineering: Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science, Aerospace, Theoretical & Applied Physics, Chemical, etc. –Other science related majors such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, etc.
Sources for More Information National Missile Defense http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/program/nmd/ A Brief History of Missiles and Ballistic Missile Defense http://www.cdi.org/hotspots/issuebrief/ch2/ How Missile Defense Systems Will Work http://people.howstuffworks.com/missile-defense1.htm Innovative Approaches to Emerging Security Challenges http://www.globalsecurity.org