A rendering of a satellite scanning the Earth.
Screenshot from Lockheed Martin/Wall St. Journal

The Space Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SIBRS) is charged with detecting ballistic missile launches and alerting forces to protect and defend themselves. In the Middle East, where missiles can reach their destination in a matter of minutes, these space capabilities are critical. With U.S. assets in the region increasingly under threat, Patrick Binning, Chair of Engineering for Professionals Space Systems Engineering program, shared his expertise in a video interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Shelby Holliday. Watch:

A headshot photo of Patrick BinningCurrently mission area executive for National Security Space at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Binning joined APL in 2014, after serving as head of the Mission Management Office at the Naval Research Laboratory. He also has managed programs and directed research for the Missile Defense Agency, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Reconnaissance Office, and has served as fellow in the Federal Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship program.

He currently teaches Applications of Space Systems Engineering – 675.701.