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Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
Operating Division
Industry Aerospace and defense
Founded 1939
2002 (as Boeing IDS)
Headquarters Berkeley, Missouri, United States
Key people
Chris Chadwick (President and CEO for BDS)[1]
Revenue US$33,197 million (2013)[2]
Number of employees
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 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 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 outside St. Louis at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Berkeley, Missouri,[7][8] 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]


Bomber aircraft


Fighter and attack aircraft

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X-32B Joint Strike Fighter

Experimental aircraft

Tankers and transport aircraft

Trainer aircraft

Surveillance and other military

Utility aircraft

Unmanned aerial vehicles

File:Boeing X-45A UCAV.jpg
The X-45A UAV, a prototype for the significantly larger X-45C


Space launch and spacecraft

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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 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]



Space probes



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]


  1. ^ Boeing Defense, Space & Security Leadership. Boeing.
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  3. ^ a b Integrated Defense Systems: Overview. Boeing, January 2011. Retrieved: January 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Boeing Realigns Defense, Intelligence and Space Businesses
  5. ^ "Defense News Top 100" (for 2011 using 2011 data). Defense News.
  6. ^ "5. Airport/North Region Profile." City of St. Louis. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "Berkeley city, Missouri." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 8, 2009.
  8. ^ "McDonnell Douglas Corporation (Boeing Defense, Space & Security)." Manta. Retrieved on June 8, 2009.
  9. ^ "St. Louis Lands $23 Billion Boeing Defense, Space & Security Headquarters." St. Louis Commerce Magazine. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  10. ^ Boeing Completes Acquisition of Insitu, Boeing, September 9, 2008. Retrieved September 25, 2008.
  11. ^ "NASA Selects Companies for Heavy-Lift Vehicle Studies". NASA. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  12. ^ to Consolidate Southern California Facilities. Boeing (2006-07-21). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  13. ^ 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.[dead link]

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