Main Conference Day 2

8:00 - 8:50 Registration & Networking Break

8:50 - 9:00 Chairperson's Opening Remarks

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

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.


  • Targeting lines of effort
  • Challenges associated with drone swarming
  • HPM and HEL initiatives 
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Colonel Charles E. Jones

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

10:30 - 11:15 Morning Networking Break & Demo Drive

This session will highlight an overview of the fundamentals of directed energy to provide a refreshed look on this constantly evolving technology.


  • Armed Service fundamental approach to DE: where is additional work required in the near-term
  • Driving innovation for DE technologies
  • Collaborative efforts to spur new capability 
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Dr. David K. Abe

Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office
DARPA

12:00 - 12:45 Improving Laser Power Measurement Techniques

Paul Williams - Project Leader, Sensors and Detectors Group, NIST

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.


  • Sources and detector groups current lines of effort on the characterization of lasers, detectors, and related components
  • Developing technologies and measurement tools
  • Efforts to improve measurement accuracy
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Paul Williams

Project Leader, Sensors and Detectors Group
NIST

12:45 - 13:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:30 Guiding the Future of Laser Optical Communication Systems

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.


  • Potential applications across the Force
  • Satellite laser ranging efforts
  • RF communication networks to support laser sitcom

14:30 - 14:45 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

14:45 - 14:45 End of Directed Energy Summit