Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) is a division (business unit) of The Boeing Company based in Arlington, Virginia. 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. 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.
Other major locations of BDS are 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.
Boeing BDS has been reorganized into the following subdivisions as of June 13, 2018:
Autonomous Systems - Develops and produces autonomous platforms for sea, air, and space domains, including the necessary software for remote piloting and supporting services. The Autonomous Systems portfolio also includes Insitu and Liquid Robotics, two Boeing subsidiaries.
Development - Enhances performance on key defense and space pre-production development programs by consolidating management, expertise and resources into one organization.
Global Operations - Leads Defense, Space & Security's international subsidiaries (Boeing Defence Australia, Boeing Defence India, Boeing Defense Saudi Arabia, Boeing Defence United Kingdom), seeks opportunities for additional global growth.
Phantom Works - Creates and advances new products and capabilities by drawing on its expertise in innovation, advanced experimentation and prototyping.
Space and Missile Systems - The world's largest satellite manufacturer also offering strategic missile and defense systems, weapons systems and other space and intelligence systems. The division houses Boeing's more than 60 years of space exploration expertise and manages Boeing's share of United Launch Alliance and United Space Alliance.
Strike, Surveillance and Mobility - Manages Boeing's current and future portfolio of fixed-wing military and surveillance aircraft, including fighters and commercial derivative platforms, and support of key platforms such as the executive transport fleet, which includes Air Force One.
Vertical Lift - The world's largest provider of military rotorcraft with a diverse portfolio of cargo, tiltrotor and attack platforms.
In February 2016, Leanne Caret was named President and CEO of Defense, Space & Security (BDS), a division of The Boeing Company. In October 2016, Jim H. Chilton was appointed the President of Network & Space Systems (N&SS).
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.