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Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
Operating Division
Industry Aerospace and defense
Founded 1939
2002 (as Boeing IDS)
Headquarters Berkeley, Missouri, United States
Key people Dennis A. Muilenburg (President and CEO for BDS)[1]
Revenue US$30,791 million (2005)[2]
Employees 68,000[3]
Parent The Boeing Company

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.[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 in Berkeley, Missouri,[6][7] near the city of St. Louis. Boeing was the largest employer in St. Louis County in 2000.[8]

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 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.[9]


BDS is organized into the following subdivisions as of January 2011:[3]

  • 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.
  • Global Services & Support is responsible for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, material management, training systems, international business operations, and advanced logistic systems.




Fighter and attack aircraft

Tankers and transports

Surveillance and other military

Unmanned aerial vehicles


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.[11]




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.[12]


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