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Top 3 Game Changers for the Navy's Directed Energy

Top 3 Game Changers for the Navy's Directed Energy

This interactive content is your update on the Navy's Solid State Lasers (SSLs), Electromagnetic Railguns (EMRGs), and Hyper Velocity Projectiles (HVPs). It includes the FY2017 budget, SSL, EMRG and HVP advantages, limitations and missions, depth of magazine & cost exchange ratio benefits, and more!

Distributed Lethality Updates

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

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 capability DE systems in the next five years, and that the biggest obstacle to operational use of these systems is the risk of collateral damage
Pentagon Targets Airborne Laser Platforms For Missile Defense and Special Operations

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

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 of this plan, and his perspective on directed energy as current Principal Deputy Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. We also get perspectives from COL (R) John Haithcock, Director, Fires Battle Lab, US Army Fires Center of Excellence (FCOE) on the development of the Army Counter UAS Strategy and what FCoE’s plans are for integrating Directed Energy into that plan. Also how the Fires Battle Lab and FCoE are testing and determining what unit level SHORAD capabilities will look like for the current and future fight.
Directed Energy Summit Post Show Report

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 in your inbox

Tracking the Latest Military Developments in Directed Energy Systems

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 most part is here, lasers have to get more efficient and reliable for contracts to be issued and operational implementation to begin. Congress has authorized roughly $2.4 billion on R&D work into new weapon technologies for 2018. This huge amount of funds is working to make lasers and railguns a reality. This infographic gives a timeline of what the US Military is currently developing to maintain its status as the world's military leader.

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

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 2019
  • Priorities for research and development  

Colonel Haggerty is currently the ninth Project Manager for Instrumentation, Targets, Threat Simulators and SOF Training Systems (PM ITTS) at PEO STRI, U.S. Army. And Dr. Zhdanov currently is a Senior Scientist at the Laser and Optics Research Center (LORC) at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA).

Both Colonel Haggerty and Dr. Zhdanov will be speaking at the Directed Energy Systems Summit.