Directed Energy Symposium to Focus on National Security Needs

Published: 11 Sep 2018

Directed Energy Symposium 2018

Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) has announced details of the 2nd Annual Directed Energy Symposium, due to take place November 15, 2018, at the Mary M Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA. This one-day event will convene the most respected minds across the Directed Energy community for an exploration of the efforts to develop and leverage DE systems, weapons, and technologies in support of U.S. national security needs and battlefield overmatch.

The Directed Energy Day Symposium will provide attendees an opportunity to meet, learn from, & network with government leaders, decision-makers, technology solution providers, and key members of the DE Community. Discussions will be led by senior-level speakers, and provide a viewpoint on rapidly evolving DE policy, technology development, funding requirements, acquisition strategies, and what these changes mean for direct energy’s role in the future force.

This year’s agenda is comprised of 8 unique and collaborative sessions with a focus on this year’s theme of “Developing and Deploying Directed-Energy Systems to Meet National Security Needs,” to include:

  • Deploying and Utilizing Directed Energy Weapons in Support of National Security Needs
    Speaker: Dr. Thomas J. Karr, Assistant Director of Defense for Directed Energy, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Driving Naval Directed Energy R&D for Future Integration Across the Fleet Force
    Speaker: William P. Bray, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Navy Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Department of the Navy
  • Transforming Today’s Ballistic Missile Defense System through the Integration of Directed Energy
    Speaker: Keith Englander, SES, Director for Engineering, Missile Defense Agency
  • Army S&T Efforts to Support Improved DE Lethality
    Speaker: Michael Holthe, Director for Lethality, ASA(ALT)/ODASA Research & Technology
  • Panel Discussion: Non-Lethal Directed Energy Initiatives and Efforts for Improved Homeland Defense
    Panel Moderator: David Law, Technology Division Chief, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
  • Applying Directed Energy Weaponry onto USAF Platforms for Improved Distributed Lethality
    Speaker: Col Michael E. Thompson, Chief, Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force

In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Early Registration has now begun. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and state personnel attend complimentary.

Anyone interested in learning more or sending questions contact Morgan Colfax at [email protected], 201-266-0058.

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