Short and Intermediate Effectors for Layered Defense Project Office (SHIELD)
The Short and Intermediate Effectors for Layered Defense Project Office (SHIELD PO) serves as the Army’s centralized manager for the SHIELD family of missiles, sensors, lasers and launchers, and for the integration of these weapon systems within a Battle Management Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (BMC4I) framework. The SHIELD PO delivers materiel solutions that provide US Forces and Allies the ability to detect and defeat Cruise Missiles (CM), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Rotary and Fixed Wing Threats, and Rockets, Artillery and Mortars (RAM) in order to win our Nation’s Wars. This includes full line authority over the life cycle management, planning, direction, execution, and control of tasks (and designated associated resources) involved in the development, qualification, test, integration, production, sustainment, fielding, distribution (to U.S. forces and/or Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers) and logistics support (including provision of documentation, training, and support items) of the worldwide inventory of assigned materiel.
To accomplish this mission, the SHIELD PO executes full life-cycle management of assigned Army, joint and international programs, providing world-class support to the Warfighter. The SHIELD portfolio includes:
· The Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) Product Office
· The Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 (IFPC Inc 2) Product Office
· The Lower Tier Interceptors and Launchers Product Office
· The Land-based Phalanx Weapon System (LPWS) Product Office
The PO pursues and leverages opportunities to enhance systems’ operational effectiveness while reducing the total cost of ownership. The SHIELD PO also exercises operational control over personnel assigned to other Army agencies and commands that provide collocated support to the SHIELD PO in the Security, Systems Engineering and Integration, Logistics, Test and Evaluation (T&E), Quality and Reliability Engineering, and Configuration Management and Production disciplines.