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Developing and Deploying Directed-Energy Systems to Meet National Security Needs

The 2018 Directed Energy Day will provide a forum to discuss the efforts to develop and leverage DE technologies in support of U.S. national security needs and battlefield overmatch. The symposium will focus on service and DoD DE roadmaps, DE’s role in National security and the future Force, R&D initiatives, acquisition strategies, and much more.

Alexandria, VA, November 02, 2018 --( Defense Strategies Institute’s 2nd Annual Directed Energy Day will be held on November 15, 2018, at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VA. This symposium provides the opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with government leaders, decision-makers, technology solution providers, and key members of the directed energy community.

Attendees will take part in 8 collaborative discussions focused on the efforts to develop and leverage DE technologies in support of U.S. national security needs and battlefield overmatch. This year’s speakers Include:

- Dr. Thomas J. Karr, Assistant Director of Defense for Directed Energy, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
- William P. Bray, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Navy Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Department of the Navy
- Keith Englander, SES, Director for Engineering, Missile Defense Agency
- David Law, Technology Division Chief, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
- Col Michael E. Thompson, Chief, Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force
- Dr. Sean Ross, AFRL Directed Energy Liaison, SAF/AQR
- LTC Yusef Good, USA, Deputy Director, JLaSE Joint Test, NSWC Dahlgren
- MAJ(P) Kendall Robinson, USA, Concept & Requirement Division Chief Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
- Randy Woods, Active Denial Project Manager, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren
- Scott Griffiths, Expeditionary/SOF/Non-Lethal DE Technical Director, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren
- Dr. Michael Jirjis, Chief, Directed Energy Experimentation Air Force Strategic Development, Planning & Experimentation

Important topics to be covered at the Directed Energy Day include:

- DoD & Service Roadmaps for Directed Energy Systems
- Understanding the Impact of DE on National Security and the Future Force
- Transitioning from Research and Development to Operational Use
- Efforts to Integrate DE Weapons Systems onto Existing Platforms
- DoD Plans and Initiatives with DE Based Non-Lethal Weapons
- Leveraging DE Technology for Improved Counter UAS Response and Defensive Posture
- Benefits and Challenges Associated with DE Systems for Warfighters
- Bolstering the Ballistic Missile Defense System Architecture with DE

Seating is limited –
In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Active military, government and state personnel attend complimentary. Those interested in participating in the Directed Energy Day can visit DSI’s website at

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

Summit is Closed to Press / No Recordings
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Morgan Colfax

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