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Directed Energy Systems 2020 Official Agenda

Directed Energy Systems 2020 Official Agenda

IDGA’s 5th Annual Directed Energy Systems will provide a means to discuss the ongoing efforts to develop and deploy directed energy systems in support of U.S. national security priorities and battlefield superiority. Directed Energy systems and weapons offer a unique response to rapidly emerging global threats, one that has grown in popularity across the Services, DoD, and the Federal Government.

Join us as we discuss:

* DoD and MIlitary Roadmap For Directed Energy Systems
* Operational Challenges and Advantages of DES for the 21st Century Warfighter
* Implementing HEL DES Into the SHORAD Strategy to counter Group 1 UASs
* Advancements in Power Re-Generation, Storage, and Thermal Management Solutions for Directed Energy Systems
* Roadmap for High Power Microwave DES Weapons Development

Driving the Departments's DE Research: Current Direct Energy Priorities

Driving the Departments's DE Research: Current Direct Energy Priorities

DRIVING THE DEPARTMENT’S DE RESEARCH: CURRENT DE PRIORITIES

  • Vision for a DoD DE Technology Plan: technological priorities
  • Out of development and onto deployment: necessary next steps
  • Challenges of integrating HELs

Presentation by Harry Sinsheimer, Deputy Director,, Joint Directed Energy Transition Office (DE JTO)


Responding to the Directed Energy Opportunity Space

Responding to the Directed Energy Opportunity Space

Presentation by Dr. Howard Meyer, Research and Engineering Technical Expert, Strategic Analysis, Inc.

  • What's changed in the global threat environment
  • Potential DEW Uses in Combat
  • Current Global HEL Development Efforts
  • High Power RF Weapon Development Efforts
  • Status of US DE R&D
  • What’s Needed to Help Us to Transition DE?

Executing the DE Experimentation Campaign: Update on Testing Efforts with 704th Test Group

Executing the DE Experimentation Campaign: Update on Testing Efforts with 704th Test Group

  • Defining a concept of DE operations, tactics, and techniques to include implications to doctrine, materiel, organization and training
  • Evaluating off-the-shelf HPM and HEL capabilities against group 1 & group 2 UAS: lessons learned
  • Charting a course to transition DE weapons to operational users: near-term initiatives

Presentation by John Cao, Director, DE Combined Test Force (DE CTF), Air Force Technical Center / 704th Test Group

NATO’S Plans and Programs for the Development of DEW

NATO’S Plans and Programs for the Development of DEW

  • Efforts to incrementally develop laser weapons for Naval application: necessary next steps
  • Updates on the Directed Energy System Integration Lab for 2021
  • Supporting effective integration of DE capabilities for Naval assets

Presentation by Pascal Paulissen, Secretary SAS-140, Science & Technology organization, NATO

Updates on the Joint Laser Systems Effectiveness Joint Test Program

Updates on the Joint Laser Systems Effectiveness Joint Test Program

  • Updates on JLaSE and J-FLaME joint feasibility study
  • Challenges associated with collateral damage estimate and weaponeering for DEL in the joint battlespace
  • Desired capabilities needed to support the integration of HEL for joint operations

Presentation by Mr. Scott Boyd, Director, Joint Laser System Effectiveness Joint Test, NSWC Dahlgren 

2019 Directed Energy Summit Post Show Report

2019 Directed Energy Summit Post Show Report

Want to learn more about what happened in 2019? Check out our Post Show Report that highlights: attendee statistics, what to expect in 2020, and more!

From R&D to Live Deployments: Directed Energy FY21 Budget Highlights

From R&D to Live Deployments: Directed Energy FY21 Budget Highlights

For over 40 years, the DoD has sought to develop and deploy high energy laser weapons. In FY21, this dream could finally become a reality.

After decades of research and testing, the DoD is finally on the cusp of successful directed energy deployment. At $106.6 billion, the DoD’s FY 2021 RDT&E budget is the largest ever requested and is “laser focused” on developing next generation capabilities including directed energy. The FY21 budget also illustrates the transitioning of DE technology out of R&D and into live production as well as an emphasis on near-term DE capabilities vs. the development of more complex space-based technology.

To shed light on these trends and provide some insight into the DoD’s rapidly evolving approach to DE deployment, we created this budget infographic. DOWNLOAD to review our full analysis.    

Directed Energy Systems Postponement Information

Directed Energy Systems Postponement Information

In line with the guidance provided by CDC, WHO and the Federal Government we have taken the decision to postpone the Counter UAS Summit that was due to take place March 31-April 2, 2020. As the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, sponsors and staff are our primary concern... Continue reading here 

Past Attendee List

Past Attendee List

Here is a list of titles, agencies and organizations who signed up for the Directed Energy Systems Summit last June!

A Letter to Convince Your Boss

A Letter to Convince Your Boss

Present your approving manager with this customizable letter detailing the reasons why you should attend the Directed Energy & Next Generation Munitions Summit, and you'll be sure to receive permission to join us.