Aegis Sea-based Missile Defense: Present Status and Future Requirements

Independent Working Group

Capitol Hill Conference

June 26, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Independent Working Group (IWG) on Missile Defense and organized by IFPA, this conference was held at the Senate Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. Participants included House and Senate staff members, U.S. government civilian and military officials, industry representatives, subject matter experts, and members of the IWG.  This meeting was the latest in a series of IFPA/IWG conferences and educational briefings on missile defense held on Capitol Hill.

The role of missile defense for national security and homeland security was the focus of the conference. Specific topics included  sea-based missile defense and U.S. missile defense systems and architectures; the status of, and emerging requirements for, Aegis missile defense, including development and deployment priorities of the Standard Missile and Aegis Ashore; sea-based missile defense issues for Congress; and homeland security threats such as electromagnetic pulse (EMP) as part of cyber and information warfare operations and the role that missile defenses could play in deterring and countering an EMP attack.

Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr., IFPA president and chairman of the IWG, moderated the meeting, which included presentations by John H. James, Jr., executive director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Office of the Secretary of Defense; RDML (Sel) James Kilby, USN, deputy for ballistic missile defense and Aegis in the Surface Warfare Directorate on the chief of naval operations staff; Ron O'Rourke, specialist in naval affairs, Congressional Research Service; and Ambassador Henry F. Cooper, chairman, High Frontier, and a former director, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization.

IFPA will produce a report summarizing the proceedings of the conference and expanding on the presentations and discussion that took place as well setting forth key conclusions and recommendations.  The report will be available for download from this website. 

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