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Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
Operating Division
Industry Aerospace and defense
Founded 1939; 79 years ago (1939)
2002 (as Boeing IDS)
Headquarters Berkeley, Missouri, United States
Key people
Leanne Caret (President and CEO for BDS)[1]
Revenue DecreaseUS$ 15.520 billion (September 30,2017)[2]
IncreaseUS$ 1.670 billion (September 30,2017)[2]
Number of employees
50,699 (2015)[3]
Parent The Boeing Company

Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) is a division (business unit) of The Boeing Company. It is responsible for defense and aerospace products and services. It was formerly known as Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

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 outside St. Louis, Missouri. Boeing was the largest employer in St. Louis County in 2000.[6]

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 civilian helicopters 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 outside St. Louis at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Berkeley, Missouri,[7] 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.[8]


Boeing BDS has been reorganized into the following subdivisions as of July 1, 2017:[9]

  • Autonomous Systems: Headed by Chris Raymond, will include drone-makers Insitu and Liquid Robotics subsidiaries. It will also handle Echo Voyager maritime vehicle; vertical lift unmanned systems; and certain electronic and information systems.
  • Space and Missile Systems: To be headed by Jim Chilton, will handle Boeing’s satellites, Boeing's share of United Launch Alliance; International Space Station; Ground-based Midcourse Defense missile; Ground Based Strategic Deterrent; Joint Direct Attack Munition and Harpoon weapons, among others.
  • Strike, Surveillance and Mobility: To be led by Shelley Lavender, will handle F-15 and F/A-18 fighters; P-8 maritime patrol aircraft; Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System; and modifications and upgrades to fixed-wing aircraft.
  • Vertical Lift: To be led by David Koopersmith, will handle the AH-6i, AH-64 Apache, and CH-47 Chinook helicopters; and V-22 Osprey tilt rotor, which Boeing builds jointly with Bell Helicopter.

The Development, Global Operations, and Phantom Works segments, which also report to Leanne Caret, will largely be unchanged.


  • President: Leanne Caret (2016)[1]
  • CEO: Leanne Caret (2016)[1]
  • President of N&SS: Jim H. Chilton (2016)[10]
  • President of Phantom Works: Darryl W. Davis[11]

In February 2016, Leanne Caret was named President and CEO of Defense, Space & Security (BDS), a division of The Boeing Company.[1] In October 2016, Jim H. Chilton was appointed the President of Network & Space Systems (N&SS).[10]


Bomber aircraft[edit]


Fighter and attack aircraft[edit]

X-32B Joint Strike Fighter
F-15E Strike Eagle

Experimental aircraft[edit]

Tankers and transport aircraft[edit]

KC-135 Stratotanker refuels F-15C Eagle

Trainer aircraft[edit]

Surveillance and other military[edit]

E-3 Sentry

Utility aircraft[edit]

Unmanned aerial vehicles[edit]

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


Space launch and spacecraft[edit]

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[12][13] 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.[14]



Space probes[edit]


the 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, California.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Executive Biography of Leanne Caret". Retrieved Dec 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b {{cite web |url=
  3. ^ Integrated Defense Systems: Overview Archived January 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Boeing, January 2011. Retrieved: January 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Boeing Realigns Defense, Intelligence and Space Businesses
  5. ^ "Defense News Top 100" Archived 2012-12-06 at (for 2011 using 2011 data). Defense News.
  6. ^ "5. Airport/North Region Profile Archived September 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.." City of St. Louis. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "Berkeley city, Missouri." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 8, 2009.
  8. ^ "St. Louis Lands $23 Billion Boeing Defense, Space & Security Headquarters Archived August 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.." St. Louis Commerce Magazine. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "Boeing Streamlining Defense and Space Unit to Boost Competitiveness". Boeing. June 13, 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Executive Biography of James (Jim) H. Chilton". Retrieved Dec 20, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Executive Biography of Darryl W. Davis". Retrieved Dec 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ "GOES-O Mission Overview" (PDF). National Aeronautic and Space Administration. 
  13. ^ "Delta II Launch Vehicle". National Aeronautic and Space Administration. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "NASA Selects Companies for Heavy-Lift Vehicle Studies". NASA. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  15. ^ to Consolidate Southern California Facilities Archived November 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.. Boeing (2006-07-21). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Boeing Defense, Space & Security locations in the U.S.. Boeing, December 2009. Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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