Dr. Boris Zhdanov is Senior Scientist at the Laser and Optics Research Center (LORC) at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA). He has over 35 years’ experience in research and development on solid-state lasers, molecular lasers, alkali lasers, nonlinear optics, laser spectroscopy, atmospheric propagation, and teaching at the university level. Dr. Zhdanov has over 200 publications and conference presentations. Last decade he works at LORC USAFA on Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers project. In 2000 – 2004 he worked with R&D Company “Directed Energy Solutions” as Principal Scientist and was involved in research and development of new laser based equipment. Before coming to the United States he worked as Vice-Director of International Laser Center of Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. Education: MS in Physics from Physics Department of Moscow State University, Russia, PhD in Physics from the same university.