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.
Across the Services, there has been a widespread effort to meet the proliferation of unmanned aerial threats with that of directed energy technologies. The capability aims to grow in importance as drone swarming technologies continue to develop from near-peer adversaries.
This session will highlight an overview of the fundamentals of directed energy to provide a refreshed look on this constantly evolving technology.
Principally through measurement services and innovation, NIST's Sources and Detectors group provides the optoelectronics industry with traceability to national standards, with the main activities focusing on three project areas including: Laser Radiometry, Laser Applications, and Terahertz Imaging and Sources. This session will highlight NIST's approach to improving laser power measurement techniques.
Laser satcom has quickly become the next big thing in satellite communications, and with its current pathway, it appears it will be a mainstay technology that will bolster DoD communications for the future. Laser communications can move vast quantiies of information between satellites and ground stations, highlighting a critical need.