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Key issues that will be addressed at the conference:
  • Assessing developments with specific programmes and the latest laser technology and examining issues concerned with countermeasures, laser threats and safety
  • Addressing the operational assessments of laser threats in air operations using LTAMPS
  • Reflecting upon laser systems for the modern battlefield and assessing their future role as a tactical weapon
  • Identifying the challenges, issues and trade-offs in the design of a High Power Microwave weapon for the Navy
  • Establishing laser safety programmes to enable safe and effective deployment of laser systems

    A unique opportunity to learn from leading military and research experts including:

  • Ed Pogue, Director of High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, US Department of Defense
  • Major Reg Hanbury, Secretary UK MOD Military Laser Safety Committee, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence
  • LT Col William Roach, Chief, Optical Radiation Branch, AFRL/HEDO
  • LTC Cheryl DiCarlo, Deputy Director, US Army Medical Research Detachment
  • Dr Robert Thomas, Research Physicist, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Dr Tim Andreadis, High Power Microwaves Section Head, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Norman Barsalou, Technical Director of Laser Department, US Naval Health Research Center Detachment
  • 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 DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS SYSTEMS

    Matthew Mowthorpe

    Matthew Mowthorpe, Researcher, Centre for Security Studies, University of Hull

  • Airborne laser
  • Space based laser
  • Tactical high energy laser
  • DEW for ASAT use
  • 9:40 HIGH-ENERGY LASER WEAPONS

    Edward W Pogue

    Edward W Pogue, Director of High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, US Department of Defense

  • New and old concepts
  • Current developments
  • Possibilities and limitations
  • Testing and demonstration programs for the future
  • 10:20 LASER SAFETY

    Major Reg Hanbury

    Major Reg Hanbury, Secretary UK MOD Military Laser Safety Committee, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence

  • Abstract
  • Introduction and background
  • Authority for military laser safety in the UK
  • Military laser safety committee – terms of reference
  • Liaison with NATO allies on laser safety
  • Conclusions
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 HIGH ENERGY LASER SAFETY PROGRAMS

    Dr Robert Thomas

    Dr Robert Thomas, Research Physicist, Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Laser safety simulation and modeling of high energy laser systems
  • Bio-effect studies of relevant laser wavelengths
  • Field measurement and model validation efforts
  • Software tools for laser safety analysis
  • 12:00 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
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 INDUSTRIAL IODINE LASERS

    Dr Robert Walter

    Dr Robert Walter, Senior Scientist, Schafer Corporation

  • An introduction
  • Working principles of iodine lasers
  • Potential industrial applications
  • Example: decontamination and decommissioning of nuclear facilities
  • Disadvantages of alternative techniques for cutting thick metal sections

    Advantages of iodine lasers

  • Survey of ongoing worldwide programs

    The future

  • 14:40 OPERATIONAL ASSESSMENTS OF LASER THREATS

    Norman Barsalou

    Norman Barsalou, Technical Director of Laser Department, US Naval Health Research Center Detachment

  • Motivation
  • Data collection efforts for the model

    Other data products required

  • Engagement considerations

    Eye-defeat calculations

  • Uses in threat assessment and mission planning
  • Other uses
  • Conclusion
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 LASER SYSTEMS FOR THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD

    David Snodgrass

    David Snodgrass, Director EO/IR Products, Northrop Grumman

  • Overview of Northrop Grumman laser efforts
  • Lightweight mid-infrared laser uses for self-protection
  • LIDAR/LADAR systems
  • 16:20 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
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    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 INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

    Dr H. Wilhelm Behrens

    Dr H. Wilhelm Behrens, Technical Fellow and Mgr. Fluid and Thermophysics Department, TRW Space & Electronics

  • An introduction
  • DEW laser payload - skills
  • Optical design, analysis and fabrication – education and skills
  • Optical components and systems – education and skills
  • Beam control/tracking and pointing/beam director skills

    DEW systems integration skills

  • System production

    The future

  • 9:40 LASER BIOEFFECTS RESEARCH

    LT Col William Roach

    LT Col William Roach, Chief, Optical Radiation Branch, AFRL/HEDO

  • Advocate scientifically based exposure standards to protect humans from laser exposures
  • Enable safe and effective deployment of laser systems
  • Support promulgation of national and international laser safety standards
  • Counter optical threats and exploit optical systems
  • 10:20 ASSESSING THE RESULTS OF MEDICAL THERAPIES FOR LASER RETINAL INJURIES

    LTC Cheryl DiCarlo

    LTC Cheryl DiCarlo, Deputy Director, US Army Medical Research Detachment

  • Multifocal electroretinogram in a nonhuman primate model
  • Common laser retinal injuries
  • Correlation to anatomic imaging
  • Injury response to neuroprotective agents
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 LASER BASED IR COUNTERMEASURES

    Stuart Duncan

    Stuart Duncan, Chief Technical Officer EO/IR, BAE SYSTEMS

  • Conventional IRCM systems
  • Advantages of laser enhancement
  • Applicable laser technology
  • Typical configurations
  • 12:00 HIGH ENERGY LASER ARCHITECTURE STUDIES

    Carolina Piavis

    Carolina Piavis, Deputy Director, Affordability & Architecture Study, Space Based Laser Programs, Lockheed Martin

  • The fundamentals
  • History
  • Future
  • Summary
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 SPACE BASED LASER TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

    Dan Wildt

    Dan Wildt, Missile Defense Business Development, TRW

  • Lasers
  • Beam Control
  • Beam director
  • Integration
  • Future activities
  • 14:40 LASERS IN SPACE

    Dr Roc White

    Dr Roc White, Senior Project Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation

  • Military utility
  • Technical reality
  • Operational challenges
  • Policy implications
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 LASER MANUFACTURING PROCESSES OF MILITARY RELEVANCE

    Dr J. Thomas Schriempf

    Dr J. Thomas Schriempf, Director, Laser Technology and Operations, Electro-Optics Center, ARL Penn State

  • Laser manufacturing processes – an overview
  • Selected examples of laser processing
  • Recent developments
  • 16:20 LORD

    Avigdor Zajdman

    Avigdor Zajdman, Product Line Manager, ELOP

  • Obstacle warning system for helicopters
  • Based on fibre optics eye-safe lasers
  • Effective scanning of the field of regard
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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