Pre-Conference Focus Day


9:00 - 9:50 Registration and Breakfast

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Major General (Ret.) Al Shoffner

Founder, Shoffner & Associates
Former Commanding General, Fires Center of Excellence

10:00 - 10:45 Guiding Rapid Innovation and Fielding of DE Capabilities across the Army

Colonel Joe Bookard - Director, Rapid Equipping Force, US Army

The Rapid Equipping Force was created in order to realize the need for non-standard equipment needs to meet the demands of new terrain, warfare tactics and their assigned missions. With the main entity focusing on quick reaction capability for getting urgent materiel solutions into the hands of Soldiers, this brief will highlight those efforts across the DE and related electronic warfare fronts.

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Colonel Joe Bookard

Director
Rapid Equipping Force, US Army

10:45 - 11:30 India Ministry of Defence Lines of Effort to Integrate Directed Energy Weapons

Anant Singh - Director General Air Defence, India Ministry of Defence

Understanding the critical DE needs of our partner nations is massively important to understanding the bespoke needs of DE technologies globally. To better understand our own capabilities, it is always helpful to know of our partner nations’ needs as well, and with the second largest Army in the world, the perspective of our partner nation, India, is even more important. 

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Anant Singh

Director General Air Defence
India Ministry of Defence

11:30 - 12:15 Morning Networking Break

12:15 - 13:00 Advancing Leading Edge DE Technologies via the Development of Advanced Concepts and Prototypes

DASD Timothy S. Dare - Deputy Director for Prototyping and Software (DD(P&S)), Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, Advanced Capabilities

DASD Dare supports USD(R&E)’s mission to develop capability overmatch for our Warfighters by establishing policy and advances leading edge technologies through the development of advanced technology concepts and prototypes. By working closely with interagency partners, academia, industry and governmental labs, he identifies, develops and demonstrates multi-domain technologies and concepts that address high-priority DoD, multi-Service, and Combatant Command warfighting gaps. 

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DASD Timothy S. Dare

Deputy Director for Prototyping and Software (DD(P&S))
Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, Advanced Capabilities

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

With a keen focus on the lines of supporting efforts from associated System Integration Laboratories (SILs), this session will highlight the enabling efforts to supply next generation high energy laser systems for the Army.

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Adam M. Aberle

Director, Directed Energy Directorate
Space & Missile Defense Technical Center, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command

As the threat of directed energy weapons continues to proliferate across near-peer adversaries, the need to understand how directed energy capabilities will affect the Warfighter is of paramount importance. Our speaker will highlight US Army efforts to prevent and reduce DE-related injuries. 

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Dr. Richard Shoge

Senior Scientist, Injury Prevention and Reduction Program Manager, Military Operational Medicine Research Program
US Army Medical Research and Development Command

15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Networking Break


DE-STAR or Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and Exploration (DE-STAR) is a proposed system to deflect asteroids, comets, and other near-Earth objects that pose a credible risk of impact. With massive applications across the DoD ecosystem, this program is poised to draw interest due to the ongoing conversations about potentially leveraging DE in space as a means to meet next-gen missile threats.

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Dr. Philip Lubin

Director, Experimental Cosmology Laboratory, Space Research Laboratory, Interstellar Center
University of California, Santa Barbara

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Major General (Ret.) Al Shoffner

Founder, Shoffner & Associates
Former Commanding General, Fires Center of Excellence

17:00 - 17:00 End of Pre-Conference Focus Day