Dr. Richard Bagnell

SHiELD Program Manager
AFRL

Dr. Bagnell has led laser weapon system development efforts from the government side for nearly 20 years.  He chiefed planning, integration and execution for field and laboratory experiments to support the Airborne Laser and Advanced Tactical Laser programs, including build-up of the experimental testbed at North Oscura Peak, and the Airborne Laser Advanced Technology Demonstration.   In 2008, he served as Directed Energy Specialist at ASD(R&E) then joined DARPA as the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) program manager in 2010.  At DARPA, he ran laser development on the HELLADS program through laser acceptance in June this year, as well as its upcoming field tests at White Sands Missile Range.  

Dr. Bagnell has now transitioned from DARPA to the Directed Energy Directorate, AFRL, and is managing the Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstration (SHiELD) ATD.