Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
Type Operating Division
Industry Aerospace and defense
Founded 1939
2002-06-10 (as Boeing IDS)
Headquarters Berkeley, Missouri, United States
Key people Dennis A. Muilenburg (President and CEO for BDS)
Revenue US$30,791 million (2005)
Employees 68,000
Parent The Boeing Company

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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. Boeing Defense, Space & Security makes Boeing the third largest defense contractor in the world and is responsible for 51% of the company’s income in 2008. BDS is based in Berkeley, Missouri, near the city of St. Louis. Boeing was the largest employer in St. Louis County in 2000.

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.


Boeing Defense, Space & Security is headquartered near St. Louis, Missouri, with major employment locations in California (with a larger BDS workforce than St. Louis), 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.


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

  • 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.
    • Information Solutions
    • Strategic Missile and Defense Systems
    • Network and Tactical Systems
    • Space and Intelligence Systems
    • Space Exploration
  • Global Services & Support is responsible for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, material management, training systems, international business operations, and advanced logistic systems.
  • Phantom Works is BDS’s advanced product development unit.
  • Joint Ventures
    • United Launch Alliance (with Lockheed Martin)
    • United Space Alliance (with Lockheed Martin)

X-32B Joint Strike Fighter

F-15E Strike Eagle

KC-135 Stratotanker refuels F-15C Eagle

E-3 Sentry

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

Delta rocket family

Pegasus class hydrofoils



  • Y1B-9
  • Boeing XB-15 (1 prototype)
  • B-17 Flying Fortress
  • B-29 Superfortress
  • B-47 Stratojet
  • B-50 Superfortress
  • B-52 Stratofortress
  • B-1B Lancer (Rockwell)
  • Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (Boeing assisted Northrop Grumman)


  • AH-64 Apache (McDonnell Douglas)
  • CH-46 Sea Knight (Vertol Aircraft Corp.)
  • CH-47 Chinook (Vertol Aircraft Corp.)
  • V-22 Osprey (Bell Helicopter)
  • Quad TiltRotor (with Bell Helicopter)
  • RAH-66 Comanche (Sikorsky), reconnaissance and light attack helicopter, canceled

Fighter and attack aircraft

  • Boeing P-26 Peashooter
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II (McDonnell Douglas)
  • McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle (McDonnell Douglas)
  • McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle (McDonnell Douglas)
  • McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II/BAE Harrier II (McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace)
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (McDonnell Douglas)
  • Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (McDonnell Douglas)
  • Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor (partner with prime contractor Lockheed Martin)
  • Boeing X-32, Boeing’s entry for the Joint Strike Fighter Program

Tankers and transports

  • KC-135 Stratotanker
  • KC-10 Extender (McDonnell Douglas)
  • KC-767, Boeing’s entry in the KC-X program as a replacement for KC-135
  • C-22
  • C-32A Executive Transport
  • C-40 Clipper
  • YC-14
  • YC-15 (McDonnell Douglas)
  • C-17 Globemaster III (McDonnell Douglas)
  • VC-25A ("Air Force One")

Surveillance and other military

  • E-3 Sentry YAL-1 Airborne Laser EC-135 WC-135 Constant Phoenix OC-135 Open Skies RC-135 Rivet Joint E-3 Sentry (an AWACS surveillance aircraft) E-4B (Advanced Airborne Command Post) E-6 TACAMO E-8 Joint STARS, ground battle management (designed by Northrop Grumman) E-10 MC2A (successor to the E-3, E-8, EC-135, project canceled) T-43 T-45 Goshawk Project Wedgetail (AEW&C) P-8 Poseidon (ASW) X-36 (Tailless Agility Research Aircraft)

Unmanned aerial vehicles

  • The X-45A UAV. a prototype for the significantly larger X-45C. X-45 A160 ScanEagle Insitu Insight


  • BOMARC AGM-48 Skybolt (Douglas)
  • Harpoon missiles (McDonnell Douglas)
  • AGM-86 ALCM Cruise Missile
  • AGM-114 Hellfire (McDonnell Douglas)
  • BGM-109 Tomahawk (McDonnell Douglas) Brimstone

Space launch and exploration

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.

  • X-20 Dyna-Soar (canceled)
  • X-40 S-IC first stage (Boeing), S-II second stage (North American Aviation)
  • S-IVB third stage (Douglas Aircraft Company)
  • Apollo Command/Service Module (North American Aviation)
  • Lunar Roving Vehicle
  • X-38 Crew Return Vehicle
  • Inertial Upper Stage (Titan IV and Space Shuttle)
  • International Space Station
  • Solar Orbit Transfer
  • Vehicle Space Shuttle (Rockwell)
  • Delta rocket (aka Thor-Delta)
  • Delta II
  • Delta III
  • Delta IV (EELV)
  • Sea Launch (with Energia, Aker Kværner, and Yuzhnoe)
  • X-37


  • Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite
  • Autonomous Space Transport Robotic Operations (ASTRO)
  • GPS Satellites (Rockwell)
  • Integrated Solar Upper Stage
  • Kinetic Energy Anti-Satellite Weapon System
  • XSS Micro-satellite
  • 376 (formerly Hughes Satellite Systems – HSS)
  • 601 (formerly HSS)
  • 702 (formerly HSS) [edit]


  • Pegasus class hydrofoils
  • Avenger Bird of Prey
  • Sandia/Rockwell MAGLEV
  • Pegasus class hydrofoils


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, CA.

  • Huntsville, Alabama (Spacelab, International Space Station, Delta)
  • Mesa, Arizona (AH-64)
  • Anaheim, California
  • El Segundo, California (satellite complex: 601, 702)
  • Palmdale, California (Space Shuttle)
  • Long Beach, California (C-17)
  • Seal Beach, California (Saturn V rocket and Skylab projects)
  • Huntington Beach, California (Saturn V, X-51A, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, Delta, and ISS)
  • Macon, Georgia (C-17)
  • Kennedy Space Center, Florida (as part of United Space Alliance and United Launch Alliance)
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • St. Louis, Missouri (F-15, F/A-18)
  • St. Charles, Missouri (Weapons)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (H-46, H-47, V-22)
  • El Paso, Texas (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
  • San Antonio, Texas – military aircraft maintenance
  • Puget Sound, Washington
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma (F-15/F-15E)
  • Washington D.C. area


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