Digital Day 1


9:00 - 11:50 Webinar Begins / Meeting Setting

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Major General (Ret.) Al Shoffner

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

High energy lasers engage at the speed of light and provide multiple vectors to respond to constantly evolving threats, as they reduce the logistics trail associated with conventional kinetic weapon systems. For these efforts and more, the Army is executing a new path forward for delivering new weapons from laboratories to combat units to enable training, theater operations, and continuous feedback.


  • DE-MSHORAD lines of effort
  • HPM initiatives
  • Technology maturation challenges for future Force insertion
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Craig Robin, PhD

Director, Directed Energy Project Office
Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, US Army

12:30 - 13:00 Raytheon Sponsored Session

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Brigadier General Brian Gibson

Director, Air & Missile Defense Cross Functional Team
Army Futures Command, US Army

13:30 - 14:00 Morning Networking Break & Meetings

14:00 - 14:30 Assessing, Promoting & Protecting the Industrial Base to Enable Directed Energy Capability Proliferation

Dr. Chris Michienzi (ST) - Chief Technology Officer, DASD, Industrial Policy and Office of the Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment

The Industrial Policy office supports the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment by providing detailed analysis and in-depth understanding of the increasingly global, commercial, and financially complex industrial supply chain essential to our national defense. This session will highlight the ongoing technological efforts to support DE industrial policy support efforts and aims.


  • Developing DoD policies for the maintenance of the US directed energy defense industrial base
  • Ensuring robust, secure, resilient & innovative industrial capabilities for future Warfighter requirements
  • Support to directed energy tech development strategy
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Dr. Chris Michienzi (ST)

Chief Technology Officer
DASD, Industrial Policy and Office of the Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment

The impetus to making DE more readily available for operations across the Armed Services lies in getting these technologies into the hands of Warfighters. In doing so, the DoD has reviewed their acquisition strategies, development efforts and technology aims to bolster this long since supported technology into the near-term time frame.


  • Rapid prototyping efforts to eye areas for improvement
  • Ensuring DoD survivability for Warfighters from DE near-peer threats
  • Initial feedback from Warfighters
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Jeffrey Boulware

Technical Director
Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization

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Colonel Charles E. Jones

Division Chief, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization
US Joint Chiefs of Staff J8

15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Networking Break & Meetings

15:30 - 16:00 Sponsored Session Opportunity


16:00 - 16:30 Advancing Integration of DE Weapons across Naval Platforms

Erin Kampschroer - APM Ship Integration, Electric Ships Office, PEO Ships
  • Meeting the unique power system integration challenges for DEWS
  • Developing next-generation power and energy architectures of Naval utilization of DEWs and SSLs
  • Enabling Naval distributed lethality: necessary next steps
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Erin Kampschroer

APM Ship Integration, Electric Ships Office
PEO Ships

16:30 - 16:45 Chairperson's Closing Remarks

16:45 - 19:30 Continued Networking Opportunities

19:30 - 19:30 End of Digital Day 1