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Leveraging Directed Energy to Enhance Warfighting Dominance

DSIís Directed Energy Day will focus on the efforts across the military branches to advance and utilize directed energy technologies. The discussion will cover the latest initiatives to apply directed energy to existing platforms and recent efforts to further develop the technology.

Alexandria, VA, September 12, 2017 --( On October 19th, senior leaders from research labs, weapons development centers, and directed energy thought leaders from across the DoD will convene in Alexandria, VA for Defense Strategies Institute’s Directed Energy Day. This one day, off-the-record event, will consist of candid discussions on efforts to advance directed energy technologies and transition them into deployable platforms.

Sessions will explore the latest initiatives to further the development of directed energy weapons; additionally they will be considering the wide ranging offensive and defensive capabilities of this emerging technology.

“As directed energy technology transitions and usability becomes a reality, the conversations surrounding directed energy have become more tactical and less theoretical. We are putting together a one day event that will encapsulate this evolution and discuss the future of directed energy,” stated Jacob Caplan, Program Manager, Defense Strategies Institute.

DSI’s upcoming symposium will explore the latest initiatives to further the development of directed energy weapons. To this end, the symposium will offer access to briefings from diverse senior leader speakers including:

* Keith L. Englander, SES, Director for Engineering, Missile Defense Agency

* COL Douglas White, USA, TRADOC Capability Manager, Air Defense Artillery Brigade & Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Fires Center of Excellence

* Col Jim Jenkins, USMC, Director, Science and Technology, and Experiment Division, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

* Dr. Sean Ross, AFRL Directed Energy Liaison, SAF/AQR

* Dr. Tim Dimitri Andreadis, Head, High Power Microwave (HPM) Section, US Naval Research Laboratory

* Matthew Ketner, Branch Chief, High Energy Laser Controls and Integration Directorate, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division

* Gary Woltering, Deputy Chief, Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force

Topics to be covered at This Symposium Will Include:

- DoD Perspective on Directed Energy Based Non-lethal Weapons

- Transitioning Directed Energy Weapons from the Conceptual to the Practical

- Offensive and Defensive Applications of Directed Energy Weapons

- Applications of Directed Energy Weapons within the Surface Fleet

- Understanding the Mission Role: Where Can DE Weapons Be Utilized to Fulfill Existing Needs

- Shifting the Calculus of Adversaries by Utilizing Directed Energy within the BMDS Architecture

- Platforms That Show the Most Promise for the Execution of Directed Energy Oriented Missions

DSI welcomes any questions to have posed during the forum: questions should align with the topics of the sessions.

Seating is limited –
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. Those interested in participating in the 2017 Directed Energy Day can visit Defense Strategies Institute's website at

Anyone interested in learning more or sending questions contact Morgan at, 1-201-266-0058.

**Symposium is Closed to Press/ No Recordings**
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