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Directed Energy Weapons have the potential to become the single most transforming weapon of the 21st Century. Despite further development still being needed to make energy weaponry a battlefield reality, it is no longer an issue of science and technology, it’s a matter of engineering. Directed Energy Weapons, that is High Energy Lasers and High Power Microwaves have the ability to change the very nature of warfare.

This Conference will assess the military potential of directed-energy technologies and weapons systems and their contribution to the Revolution in Military Affairs.

Looking specifically to explore the premise of Directed-Energy warfare, how to leverage Directed Energy systems, Directed Energy Weapon system development, application and characteristics of High Energy Laser and High Power Microwave Systems, Directed-Energy system testing and countermeasures to directed energy weapons.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading experts including:
· DISCOVER the importance nations are placing on developing effective Directed Energy weaponry and systems
· REVIEW the growing number of Directed Energy systems available to future warfighters
· DEVELOP your awareness on the progress being made in Solid & Chemical State Laser and High Power Microwave research
· LISTEN to nation and service specific programmes utilising Directed Energy as an effective force-multiplier
· EVALUATE the relative advantages and prospects for continued development and application of Directed Energy
· MAXIMISE your networking possibilities by attending a two-day conference aimed specifically at experts in the field of Directed Energy

Speakers confirmed to date:
· Dr L Bruce Simpson, Director, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory*
· Edward W Pogue, Director, High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, US Department of Defense*
· Dr Howard R Schlossberg, Laser and Optical Physics Program Manager, Physics and Electronics Directorate, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
· Dr Marion Williams, Chief Scientist, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
· Colonel Mark Niece, Chief, Laser Division, Air Force Research Laboratory*
· Commander Gregory E Glaros, USN, Transformation Strategist, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Force Transformation*
· Dr Andreas Neuber, Associate Professor, Pulsed Power and Power Electronics Research, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University
· Dr Bucur Novac, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University
· Professor Thomas G Engel, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia
· Dominique Loye, Technical Advisor, Mines-Arms Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
· Dr Clive Coleman, Chief Technologist, Electro-Optical EW Systems, BAE SYSTEMS Avionics
· Ken Kissell, Vice President and Program Manager, Boeing Laser and Electro Optics Group
· David Snodgrass, Director EO/IR Products, Northrop Grumman

* Subject to Final Confirmation

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader Douglas Vine

Squadron Leader Douglas Vine, Night Vision Training Specialist, RAF Henlow

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Commander Gregory Glaros, USN

Commander Gregory Glaros, USN, Transformation Strategist, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Force Transformation

  • Re-directed energy - shaping joint architecture for the development and employment of Directed Energy systems
  • Transformation stewardship for the department
  • DoD Directed Energy architecture and roadmap
  • Developing a DoD enterprise-wide architecture for Directed Energy programs
  • Co-evolving the concepts and technologies in the field of Directed Energy
  • Creating an actionable way ahead
  • 9:50 SPECIAL ADDRESS

    Dr Howard R Schlossberg

    Dr Howard R Schlossberg, Laser and Optical Physics Program Manager, Physics and Electronics Directorate, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

  • Emerging laser science and technology
  • Diode lasers for infrared countermeasures
  • Advances in wavelength conversion technology
  • Technology advances in Adaptive Beam Control
  • Novel military applications of lasers
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:40 LASER AND ELECTRO-OPTICAL SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

    Ken Kissell

    Ken Kissell, Vice President and Program Manager, Boeing Laser and Electro Optics Group

  • Laser concept creation, validation, design, development and demonstration
  • Chemical and Solid State laser engineering & design
  • System architecture
  • Laser and optics laboratory and test facilities
  • Systems engineering; requirements management, functional analysis, system synthesis, analysis and control
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 MOBILITY OF HIGH POWER CHEMICAL LASERS

    Professor Anatoly Boreysho

    Professor Anatoly Boreysho, Director, Laser Systems

  • HPCL key technologies – search for compromises for mobile platforms
  • The laser beam control along vertical and horizontal directions
  • DF/HF and COIL energy and components transformation
  • Technical solutions for pressure recovery equipment
  • Operational scope of integrated systems
  • 14:30 DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS AND THE LAW OF WAR

    Dominique Loye

    Dominique Loye, Technical Adviser, Mines-Arms Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross

  • Fundamental principles of the law of war
  • Obligation to assess the legality of any new weapons, means or methods of warfare
  • The Vienna Protocol on blinding laser weapons
  • 15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Squadron Leader Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader Douglas Vine, Night Vision Training Specialist, RAF Henlow

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Dr Andreas Neuber

    Dr Andreas Neuber, Associate Professor, Pulsed Power and Power Electronics Research, Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University

  • Enabling technology for advanced pulsed power devices and effects simulation devices
  • Related power conditioning technology
  • Primary explosive pulsed power sources
  • Explosive pulsed power and magnetic Flux Compression Generators (FCGs)
  • Simulation of pulsed power generators
  • 9:50 HIGH POWER PIEZO-ELECTRIC IMPULSE GENERATOR RESEARCH

    Professor Thomas G Engel

    Professor Thomas G Engel, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Highest peak power produced 320 kW
  • Highest power density produced 405 kW/cc
  • Capable of multi-shot operation
  • Developed scaling relationships
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 FLUX COMPRESSION GENERATORS

    Dr Bucur Novac

    Dr Bucur Novac, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University

  • FCG - an overview
  • Detonics, physics and technology of helical FCG
  • Numerical modeling
  • Design and testing of helical FCG
  • Conditioning systems
  • 11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Dr Andreas Neuber

    Dr Andreas Neuber, Associate Professor, Pulsed Power and Power Electronics Research, Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University

    Professor Thomas G Engel

    Professor Thomas G Engel, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia

    Dr Bucur Novac

    Dr Bucur Novac, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, from, Loughborough University

    12:20 HIGH PERFORMANCE LASER WARNING RECEIVERS

    Dr Clive Coleman

    Dr Clive Coleman, Chief Technologist, Electro-Optical EW Systems, BAE SYSTEMS Avionics

  • Laser threat
  • Systems issues
  • Propagation and scatter effects
  • Performance requirements
  • Series 1223 LWR
  • 13:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks followed by Networking Lunch

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