11th Annual AIAA/MDA Technology Conference and Exhibit

Venue: Naval Postgraduate School

Location: Monterey, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 29, 2002 End Date/Time: Aug 02, 2002
Registration Date: Jul 29, 2002
Early Registration Date: Jun 28, 2002
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The current administration in Washington has brought with it a renewed commitment to ballistic missile defense. Critics point to capability shortfalls against the evolving threat as part of their argument against development and deployment. The purpose of this annual conference is to draw together technologists from all disciplines and to focus them on the most pressing developmental issues in a forum that encourages open and constructive exchange of ideas. It is our hope that the conference will help the process of identifying and developing technologies that offer cost-effective solutions to difficult problems. The conference is aimed at scientists, design and test engineers, and program managers, from government, academia, defense contractors, suppliers, and developers. It features technical information exchange and exhibits pertaining to hardware and software for missile defense in the areas of sensors, discrimination, weapons, lethality, and testing. In addition, we are soliciting papers that address the technology systems engineering process, and how to best insert new technologies into the systems. This conference was initiated in 1992, with the location changing each year. This year, the conference will be held at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

This conference provides the only classified national forum that encompasses all aspects of missile defense technology. It offers the opportunity for contractors and suppliers to display their system and subsystem designs; for technologists to present their concepts, analytical and testing methods, computer codes and procedures; and for computational, ground and flight test results. A primary objective of the conference this year is to encourage more complete disclosure of technical issues that could benefit from community review and input. Papers were selected based on the degree to which they satisfy this objective. Due to the high number of quality abstracts received this year, the conference is being extended to include 16 technical sessions.