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MDA Requests $5.5 Million for Lasers in FY 2018 Budget
(posted: 14 June 2017)
Missile Defense Agency requested $5.5 million in FY 2018 for Weapons Technology to conduct
demonstrations of the technological foundation for a laser system capable of defeating advanced
threats and raids more efficiently than existing missile interceptors.
More on page 22.
NPS Leads Research on Weather Prediction for HEL Deployment
(posted: 12 June 2017)
Naval Postgraduate School Professor Qing Wang is Principal Investigator of a project to improve analysis tools and
prediction methods to quantify atmospheric effects on high energy lasers. This project, funded by the High Energy
Laser Joint Technology Office, includes the Naval Research Laboratory, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command,
and the Universities of Central Florida and Minnesota in addition to NPS.
Strathclyde-led Research: World's Highest Gain High-Power Laser Amplifier
(posted: 1 June 2017)
The world's highest gain high power laser amplifier - by many orders of magnitude - has been developed in research
led at the University of Strathclyde.
DEPS Revamps Symposiums
(posted: 30 May 2017)
DEPS is revising the scope of its two major symposiums. The Directed Energy Systems Symposium will
focus more heavily on DE systems and system applications. The Annual Directed Energy Symposium, renamed the Annual
Directed Energy Science
and Technology Symposium, will focus on sub-systems technology and basic research and development. The changes
are already being implemented.
Laser Weapons Edge Closer to Battlefield Use
(posted: 30 May 2017)
Laser weapons could be arriving just in time to defeat a growing menagerie of cheap-to-make drones and missiles
in the hands of terrorists and rogue states, which could threaten expensive American military hardware.
The threats are proliferating and changing," but laser weapons could counter some of them,
said Robert Afzal, a senior fellow for laser and sensor systems at Lockheed.
MAX POWER Leaving Kirtland after AFRL Transfers Program to Army
(posted: 22 May 2017)
MAX POWER, the hulking enemy on wheels of improvised explosive devices, is leaving Kirtland and AFRL New Mexico on
16 May. The program and its prototype will now be taken forward by the Army.
New Guidestar at Maui Space Surveillance Complex
(posted: 16 May 2017)
A new Sodium Guidestar has become operational, sending an orange beam of light into the sky over the
Maui Space Surveillance Complex near the summit at Haleakala. The MSSC, operated by the Air Force Research Laboratory,
has begun operating the new Guidestar as part of a recently-completed modernization of facilities.
Horkovich, LaMar, Lavan and Schiffler Named to BSEA
(posted: 13 May 2017)
The Directed Energy Professional Society has
announced the appointment of Dr. James Horkovich, Charles LaMar, Michael Lavan and Dr. Donald Shiffler
to the Board of Scientific and Engineering Advisors,
a small group of senior, highly respected
individuals from within the Directed Energy community who assist the Board on technical matters.
Lasers in Combat: New Space and Missile Defense commander on What's to Come
(posted: 10 May 2017)
The Army’s future air-and-missile defense capabilities are taking shape under the newest Space and Missile Defense
Commander, Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, particularly in laser-armed combat vehicles and the Integrated Air-and-Missile
Defense system (IAMD), both considered to be crucial enablers for the maneuver force.
Decker and Henderson Named as DEPS Newest Directors Emeritus
(posted: 5 May 2017)
DEPS conferred Emeritus Director status on former Directors Dr. William Decker and Mark Henderson for their
long-standing and significant contributions to DEPS and its Board of Directors.
HEL JTO Establishes DE Models and Effects Repository
(posted: 1 May 2017)
The HEL Joint Technology Office has established the Directed Energy Models and Effects Repository,
a secure Web-based card catalog of meta-data files describing current modeling and simulation capabilities and
effects testing efforts. DEMER seeks to facilitate collaboration within the Directed Energy (DE) community by
increasing the visibility of available modeling and simulation tools and effects testing efforts.
SOCOM Prepares to Test Airborne Directed Energy Weapon
(posted: 28 April 2017)
The directed energy weapon is “rapidly moving” from the conceptual to the practical, said Lt. Gen. Brad Webb,
commander of Air Force Special Operations at the March Directed Enrgy Summit. Over the next year, the command
plans to make major strides in the development of the technology, Webb said, leading to a proof of concept demonstration
on a gunship.
NSWC Crane Enters into CRADA with Purdue University
(posted: 28 April 2017)
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has entered into a Collaborative Research and Development
Agreement (CRADA) with Purdue University. The goal of the agreement will be to develop advanced concept models and
prototype RF modules with integrated cooling technologies.
Adrian Carter, Richard Holmes Named 2017 OSA Fellows
(posted: 24 April 2017)
DEPS members Adrian Carter and Richard Holmes were recently named 2017 Fellows of OSA, the Optical Society. Holmes
was honored as a DEPS Fellow in 2010.
Navy Scientists Use World War II Era Test Tunnel to Develop HEL Weapons
(posted: 24 April 2017)
The Navy’s top laser experts transformed a tunnel crucial to gun range operations during World War II into a vital
new capability for testing laser technologies, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) announced.
“The facility, which is unique within the Navy, along with its suite of analysis tools are essential for designing,
developing, and integrating laser technology into existing and future fighting forces and platforms," said Frank Dixon,
NSWCDD Directed Energy and Pulsed Power Division head.
Air Force Wants Cruise Missiles Capable of Beaming Directed Energy
(posted: 20 April 2017)
The Counter-Electronics Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) is intended to cripple enemy air
defenses with directed-energy beams coming off a low-flying cruise missile.
While traditional counter-electronics warfare weapons seek to jam enemy radar, CHAMP is meant to destroy them.
U.S. Army Mobile High-Energy Laser Shoots Drones from Sky
(posted: 19 April 2017)
The Mobile High-Energy Laser, a Stryker combat vehicle equipped with a 5kW
laser and an array of sensors, was one drone-killing systems under evaluation at the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment,
which ran 3-13 April at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Dstl Preparing for Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) Testing
(posted: 6 April 2017)
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) scientists are conducting trials that will enable Dstl to
characterise the effectiveness of Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW), in support of the LDEW Capability Demonstrator.
The programme will culminate in a technology demonstrator in 2019.
Heinrich Headlines National Directed Energy Summit
(posted: 4 April 2017)
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and founder of the first
ever Congressional Directed Energy Caucus, delivered a keynote address at last week's Directed Energy Summit in Washington,
D.C. highlighting his commitment to invest in directed energy technology.
Navy, MDA Experimenting With Laser Prototypes
(posted: 31 March 2017)
The Navy and Missile Defense Agency are leveraging prototyping programs to incrementally pursue complex ideas such
as a laser weapon integrated into the Aegis Combat System and a high-power laser for boost-phase kill in missile defense,
officials said at the 2017 Directed Energy Summit.
PLA's Potential Breakthrough in High Power Microwave Weapons
(posted: 29 March 2017)
Chinese scientists have reportedly achieved unexpected success in their development of high power microwave weapons.
Thomas Webber Named SMDC Technical Center Director
(posted: 29 March 2017)
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command announced that
Thomas E. Webber was named the director of the Technical Center, a role he has been filling in an acting capacity
for several months. The Center's portfolio includes systems such as the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck.
ARA is Seeking Directed Energy Weapon System Engineers in Albuquerque
(posted: 23 March 2017)
Applied Research Associates (ARA) has requirements for several Directed Energy Weapon System Engineers with experience in system
analysis, modeling and simulation (M&S), hardware design, and hardware integration and test (I&T). These positions
are in Albuquerque, New Mexico and require a bachelors degree, 10 or more years experience and an active clearance.
More, More, and More.
U.S. Army Demonstrates Integration of Laser Weapon on Combat Vehicle
(posted: 22 March 2017)
Members of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center's Air and Missile Defense Directorate participated in the Joint
Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization UAS Hard-Kill Challenge at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, from 27 February to
3 March. During the challenge, the Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser 2.0 demonstrated its
counter-unmanned aircraft system capability.
U.S. Army Gets World Record-Setting 60-kW Laser
(posted: 17 March 2017)
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. The laser will be integrated onto the Army's High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck
Space-Based Lasers among Beijing’s Hi-Tech Arms
(posted: 14 March 2017)
China’s military is developing powerful lasers, electromagnetic railguns and high-power microwave weapons for use
in a future “light war” involving space-based attacks on satellites.
Schafer is Seeking an Electro-Optical Engineer in Albuquerque
(posted: 7 March 2017)
Schafer Corporation has an immediate requirement for an Electro-Optical Engineer with broad experience in all
aspects of the theory and practice of optical systems engineering. This position in Albuquerque, New Mexico
requires a masters degree, 10 or more years experience and an active Top Secret clearance.
Impossible (But Working!) Recipe For Ultrashort Laser Pulses
(posted: 7 March 2017)
Physicists from Warsaw have generated ultrashort laser pulses in an optical fiber, by using a method previously
considered as physically impossible to achieve. The new laser produces high quality femtosecond pulses, and their
energy can be up to 1000 times larger than typical for lasers with material absorbers.
China Exhibits The Silent Hunter Laser Weapon in Dubai
(posted: 2 March 2017)
At the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Dubai, China flaunted a range of high-tech weaponry,
including the laser weapon The Silent Hunter, with a claimed output of 50-70 kilowatts.
Horkovich, LaMar, Lavan, Schiffler Named New DEPS Fellows
(posted: 28 February 2017)
Announced at the 19th Annual Directed Energy Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, Dr. James
Horkovich, Charles LaMar, Dr. Michael Lavan, and Dr. Donald Shiffler are the newest candidates to be
invested as DEPS Fellows for their extensive contributions
and distinguished service to the Directed Energy community.
Maloney, Meyer, Ross, Schall DEPS Officers for 2017
(posted: 21 February 2017)
Jeff Maloney, Howard Meyer, Sean Ross and Howard Schall were elected DEPS President, Vice President, Secretary and
Treasurer for the next year at the DEPS Board of Directors meeting in Huntsville on 15 February 2017. The officers are
the same as in 2016 except that Meyer has replaced Dan Marker as Vice President. President Maloney expressed the gratitude of
the Society to Marker for his service as Vice President.
AEgis Awarded AFRL Directed Energy SatAC Contract
(posted: 14 February 2017)
AEgis Technologies was awarded a $40 million, five-year contract to support the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy (RD)
Directorate’s Satellite Assessment Center (SatAC). SatAC is the Air Force-chartered organization that evaluates directed energy effects on
space systems, performs assessments of space system susceptibilities to directed energy sources and develops tools to perform satellite and
space systems technical analyses.
Joint Directed Energy Transition Office Planned
(posted: 3 February 2017)
The new National Defense Authorization Act requires the Department of Defense to establish a new position for a senior official with
principal responsibility for directed energy weapons with the support of a newly designated Joint Directed Energy Transition Office.
An update on plans for this office is on the agenda for the 29-30 March Directed Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.
Robinson Speaks on High Power Electromagnetic Weapons
(posted: 24 January 2017)
Mary Lou Robinson, Chief of the High Power Electromagnetics Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base,
speaks on high power electromagnetic weapons and why we aren't using them. This 13-minute presentation was delivered at TEDxABQ in 2016.
Congress Gets Serious About Laser Weapons
(posted: 23 January 2017)
The U.S. military is set to see a 51 percent increase in funding to develop and procure laser weapons, a technologically-advanced
"game-changer" as troops prepare for new and growing asymmetric threats around the world.
Lawmakers cited the progress made by the Defense Department as a key reason for the boost.
New Laser System Allows Longer Distance Battlefield Observation
(posted: 19 January 2017)
A new directed energy laser system could allow battlefield commanders to spy on enemy activities from space, using the Earth's atmosphere
as a giant lens. The system, developed by British defence company BAE systems, uses lasers to temporarily change the Earth's atmosphere
into lens-like structures, to magnify or change the path of electromagnetic waves such as light and radio signals.
New Laser Type Demonstrated
(posted: 17 January 2017)
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated the world's first laser based on an unconventional wave physics
phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The new lasers could be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications.
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