The mission of ESO is to develop and provide smaller, simpler, more affordable and more capable electric power systems for all Navy platforms, inform and guide Navy and industry investments, and reduce total ownership cost. This session will highlight those power and integration initiatives.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Kelly Hammett, head of the Directed Energy Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, was recently quoted as saying, “For my entire career we have been working on directed energy. We’re finally at the point at which we’re going to see systems that will make a more substantive difference on the battlefield.” Recent developments have spurred excitement across the Force, and Dr. Hammett will provide a thorough review of AFRL’s ongoing efforts.
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.
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.
As DE continues to mature on the pathway to deployable capabilities, US Armed Force will have the potential to defend against several types of threats with great precision, minimal collateral danger, while at a minimal cost per engagement. To enable, high energy laser (HEL) technology development and advancements in hardware are making laser weapon systems increasingly viable.
Rapidly transitioning directed energy systems to the field has been the driving force propelling decades of relevant research, and with ongoing developments, the fruits of those initial labors are coming to light. It is quintessential to learn from initial deployments to understand where the immediate needs for this game-changing technology lie.
As the role of directed energy weapons and systems continues to evolve across the Force in terms of utilization and operationalization, one factor of interest has been the role of deterrence.