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3rd Annual Directed Energy Systems Agenda

As the military and defense agencies continue to search for ways to overmatch the various adversaries we are noticing a crucial shift in the Directed Energy weapons development, maturing from the R&D phase to programs of records – one step closer to a cross service operational deployment. ...


Global Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) Technologies and Market Forecast to 2025

The global Directed Energy Weapons market, valued at US$ 1.7 billion in 2017, is projected grow at a CAGR of 11.5%, to value US$ 4 billion by 2025. The cumulative market for global expenditure on Directed Energy Weapons is valued at US$ 21 billion over the forecast period. Directed Energy...

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U.S. Forces Growing Confident in Prospect of Directed Energy

As the technology evolves, nations worldwide are keeping a finger on the pulse of directed energy (DE) and the opportunities it could entail for accurate, powerful and cost-effective weapons systems of the future. As with most experimental developments, most eyes are trained on the activity taking place in the United...

Non-Lethal Directed Energy Systems Solutions

Directed energy represents a range of fledgling technology, some of which may well prove to be game-changers for the future of law enforcement. Investment into the research, development, and procurement of non-lethal weapons for law enforcement has recently included crowd control systems such as tear gases, malodorants, water cannons, sticky...

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Demonstration Aboard USS Ponce

The U.S. Navy has released this footage of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Operational demonstration aboard USS Ponce. Directed Energy Systems & Next Generation Munitions will feature experts and decision-makers as well as those specializing in new naval DE solutions.

Changing the Game: The Promise of Directed-Energy Weapons

This report, from Mark Gunzinger and Chris Dougherty of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), examines DE as a particularly promising source of operational advantage for the military. The unique attributes of future DE capabilities—the ability to create precise, tailorable effects against multiple targets near-instantaneously and at a...

Directed Energy Systems: Analyzing the Myths and Misconceptions

In spite of the rapid progress of directed energy systems, there remains a wealth of uphill challenges for the market. In particular, there is an enormous amount of uncertainty when it comes to the true costs and capabilities of these systems, not to mention how much pressure other issues will...

Application of System Readiness Level to research and development

This paper combines the concepts of technology, integration and manufacturing readiness levels, adapted for use in defense acquisition, into a single metric, System Readiness Level (SRL), that can be used as a clear indicator to identify areas for resource allocation to enable the most efficient and effective path to technology...

US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser

The U.S. Army is taking delivery of a 60 kilowatt-class laser from Lockheed Martin as the company wraps up demonstrations of the capability.

With no bullets, Mobile High-Energy Laser shoots drones from sky

A Stryker combat vehicle equipped with a 5kW laser and an array of sensors spent several minutes scanning the horizon for a wayward "enemy" drone.

Exclusive Content

The Future of Directed Energy: Insight from the U.S. Army & Air Force

Ahead of the Summit, we sat down with Colonel Richard Haggerty and Dr. Boris Zhdanov to discuss:How the FY 2018 budget appropriations affected directed energy (DE) programs Where DE acquisition and force integration is heading in FY 2019Priorities for research and development  Colonel Haggerty is currently the ninth Project Manager for...

Tracking the Latest Military Developments in Directed Energy Systems

Prior to the upcoming Directed Energy Systems Summit this June 25th - 27th in Washington DC, we took a look at some of the latest developments taking place in the directed energy space. There has yet to be significant progress in directed energy weapons and although the technology for the...

Directed Energy Summit Post Show Report

Check out the most unforgettable moments from the week in the Post Show Report. Included in the report is a list of our top speakers, attending companies, top benefits of attending, sights of DES17 and what our attendees had to say. Download today or email us to get it right...

Distributed Lethality Updates

The updates which took place in the directed energy space in 2016. This collection of articles further dive into the space of next generation munitions, directed energy systems (DES) and electromagnetic railguns.

Directed Energy Systems 2017 - Survey Results - Infographic

Defence IQ consulted over 300 people involved in the international defense and security arena to find out the prevalent opinions on the Directed Energy issues of today. We made some interesting findings, including the fact that most of these people are concerned that potential adversaries will develop their own high...

Pentagon Targets Airborne Laser Platforms For Missile Defense and Special Operations

While each of the U.S. armed services is developing directed energy technology largely for defense against small, weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) wants to mount a laser on a UAV to attack enemy ballistic missiles.

Directed Energy Views from Lt Gen Bradley Heithold & COL (R) John Haithcock

We take a look into how Lt Gen Bradley Heithold, Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, envisions the Department of Defense’s Directed Energy Roadmap coming together, if there will be a single program executive, or committee comprised of multiple offices providing oversight...

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Past Presentations

Directed Energy Employment and Warfighter Risk Considerations

Scott Boyd, Joint Test Director of NSWC Dahlgren, and MAJ Jeff Nelson, USA Deputy Test Director of JT&E present on airspace deconfliction and fire control measures, collateral and civilian concerns for employment, and the J-FLaME and JLaSE Joint Feasibility Study.

Warfighter Perspectives on Operational Challenges and Advantages of DES

Major General John McMullen, Vice Commander of Air Combat Command, USAF, presents on the requirements for multi-domain capabilities, systems reliability and operator level maintenance, and user feedback from DES exercises and testing.

Directed Energy Challenges and Solutions for the U.S. Navy

John Fiore, Technical Director of NSWC Dahlgren Division, presents on integrating DES to various USN Platforms, the special considerations for operating in the Sea Domain, recent developments and the way forward for USN Directed Energy programs.

Integrating Directed Energy into the Army Counter UAS Strategy

COL(R) John Haithcock, Director of Fires Battle Lab for the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, presents on incorporating DE Systems into teamed maneuver exercises, determining unit level SHORAD capabilities, and recent testing and development results.

Laser Technologies at AFRL

Dr. Richard Bagnell, SHiELD Program Manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory, presents on AFRLs SHiELD program update, challenges and developments for airborne DES, and future program initiatives.

Power Generation and Storage Solutions for Directed Energy Systems

Sarwat Chappell, Program Officer for Weapons,Power & Energy for the Office of Naval Research-Code 333, presents on battery storage vs. energy generation, laser turn on time reliability, and requiring an independent fueling source.

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Directed Energy Systems Current Attendee Snapshot

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Past Attendee List

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