Main Conference Day 1


8:00 - 8:50 Registration & Morning Networking

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Major General (Ret.) Al Shoffner

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

9:00 - 9:45 Developing Naval Power and Energy Systems to Improve integration of Directed Energy Weapons

Erin Kampschroer - APM Ship Integration, Electric Ships Office, PEO Ships

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.


  • Meeting the unique power system integration challenges for DEWs
  • Developing next-generation power and energy architectures for Naval utilization of DEWs and SSLs
  • Enabling Naval distributed lethality: necessary next technological steps

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Erin Kampschroer

APM Ship Integration, Electric Ships Office
PEO Ships

9:45 - 10:30 Keynote Remarks: Making a Substantive Difference on the Battlefield: Operationalizing DE Capabilities

Dr. Kelly D. Hammett, SES - Director, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, US Air Force

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.


  • Lessons learned from current experimentation efforts and the way forward
  • High energy laser weapon system development for near-term utilization
  • Efforts to develop DE and electro-optics for space superiority

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Dr. Kelly D. Hammett, SES

Director, Directed Energy Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory, US Air Force

10:30 - 11:15 Networking Break

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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Dr. Craig Robin

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

12:00 - 12:45 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

12:45 - 13:45 Networking Lunch

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.

 

  • OSD laser scaling efforts
  • Enhancing high energy laser strength and output
  • High-power microwave development efforts
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Dr. James Trebes

Principal Physicist for Directed Energy
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

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.


  • Initial lessons learned from DE deployments
  • Experimentations lines of effort and proposed next steps
  • Where is additional intervention from the DoD and industry most needed
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Dr. Michael Jirjis

Directed Energy Experimentation Lead, AF Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation
Air Foce Research Laboratory (AFRL)

15:15 - 15:45 Afternoon Networking Break

15:45 - 16:30 Leveraging DE as a Potential Missile Defense and Deterrence Technology

Dr. Peter Huessy - Director for Strategic Deterrent Studies, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

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.


  • DE compliments: deterrence or potential missile defense
  • Understanding the threat environment
  • Challenges to full blown DE utilization for missile defense utilization
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Dr. Peter Huessy

Director for Strategic Deterrent Studies
Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

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Major General (Ret.) Al Shoffner

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

16:45 - 16:45 End of Main Conference Day 1