22 - 24 October, 2019 | London Marriott Hotel Regents Park, London, United Kingdom

Agenda Day 1

8:00 - 9:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts, Former DG Joint Force Development & Defence Academy, UK MoD at DES 2019 Conference Chairman

Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts

Former DG Joint Force Development & Defence Academy, UK MoD
DES 2019 Conference Chairman

·         Introduction to the MOD Novel Weapons Team
·         Objectives of the UK MOD in relation to Novel Weapons
·         Aims of the Novel Weapons Programme
·         Programme Work Packages
Matthew Speakman, Assistant Head for Novel Weapons, Weapons Evaluation and Capability Assurance, Finance & Military Capability Group at UK MoD

Matthew Speakman

Assistant Head for Novel Weapons, Weapons Evaluation and Capability Assurance, Finance & Military Capability Group
UK MoD

9:50 - 10:30 PREPARING TO ACQUIRE AND DEPLOY DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS: CONTINUED

·         The Novel Weapons Programme and Directed Energy Weapons
·         The Military Use of Directed Energy Systems
·         The Future Capabilities of Directed Energy Systems 
Ivan Jones, Novel Weapons Programme at UK MoD

Ivan Jones

Novel Weapons Programme
UK MoD

10:30 - 11:00 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

·         Insight into the Science & Technology, Experimentation, and Prototyping functions of the USAF Research
·         The foundation for the Directed Energy combined test force
·         US Air Force Directed Energy Weapons Flight Plan: current experimentation work and the path forward.
Michael Jirjis, Ph.D., Directed Energy Experimentation Lead,  AF Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Michael Jirjis, Ph.D.

Directed Energy Experimentation Lead, AF Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

11:40 - 12:20 EXPERIMENT FEEDBACK: DIRECTED ENERGY EXPERIMENTATION CAMPAIGN

·         Overview of the U.S. Air Force’s 704th Test Group
·         Current experimentation efforts
·         How the Directed Energy (DE) Combined Test Force (CTF) is organized to support experimentation
·         Insight into the objectives of experimentation, best practices and lessons learned
·         Future DE experiments and timeline
Colonel Charles B. Cain, Commander, 704th Test Group, Directed Energy Combined Test Force at US Air Force

Colonel Charles B. Cain

Commander, 704th Test Group, Directed Energy Combined Test Force
US Air Force

12:20 - 13:00 USAREUR PERSPECTIVE ON DIRECTED ENERGY: MEHEL TEST CASE STUDY AND LESSONS LEARNED

·         US Army Europe overview of Strategic Programs Directorate
·         Summary of FY18 activities
·         Case Study: Lessons learned during the Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser (MEHEL) demonstrator at Grafenwoehr
·         Future challenges towards operationalising DE capabilities
Colonel Sean Wilson, Officer in Charge, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) at US Army Europe

Colonel Sean Wilson

Officer in Charge, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA)
US Army Europe

13:00 - 14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:00 - 14:40 ADVANCEMENTS IN HIGH-ENERGY LASER DEVELOPMENT IN JAPAN

·         An overview of Japan’s current strategic threat landscape, with regard to missile/air/naval threats, and how and why this underlines the importance of DES development
·         The current ability of high-energy laser systems and the potential military applications of the HEL programme in Japan
·         Future DES vision – from GBAD to naval capability enhancement
·         Challenges and lessons from Japan’s own laser programme, and what opportunities exist for international development and coordination In this field
·         Looking towards the projected future capabilities of Japans high-energy laser system
Fumio Wani, Ph.D., HEL Program Manager at Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Fumio Wani, Ph.D.

HEL Program Manager
Kawasaki Heavy Industries

14:40 - 15:30 INDUSTRY LEADERS PANEL DISCUSSION: IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES WITHIN DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT

During these formative years of directed energy systems development, the question of weapons integration is the principal ambition of militaries around the globe.This panel discussion will showcase members of directed energy programs to discuss their immediate priorities within the development of operational directed energy systems.
 
Format: A discussion among industry professionals followed by a live question round from the audience.
 
Objectives: To help the audience to gain an insight into the current status of directed energy systems development across a range of companies and provide a unique opportunity for attendees to have their questions answered by industry professionals.
 
Key Questions:
·         What are the major trends in the industry?
·         What is the projected timeline for operational DES among NATO countries?
·         What are the main technological challenges that need to be overcome?
·         What will be the key challenges faced by end-users in using DES?
 
Keith A. Rigby CEng FIET, Platform Integration Consultant – LDEW at BAE Systems

Keith A. Rigby CEng FIET

Platform Integration Consultant – LDEW
BAE Systems

Mike Pereria, Business Development, High Energy Lasers at Raytheon

Mike Pereria

Business Development, High Energy Lasers
Raytheon

15:30 - 16:00 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

16:00 - 16:40 THE STATUS OF HIGH-ENERGY LASER INTERCEPT TECHNOLOGY IN SOUTH KOREA

·         An overview of South Korea’s high-energy laser capabilities
·         Reviewing the laser counter-UAS air defence prototype to demonstrate cost-effective defence
·         The use of high-energy lasers within South Korea’s national defence strategy
 
Youngchul Kim, Ph.D., Researcher, Laser Weapon Systems at South Korea Agency for Defense Development

Youngchul Kim, Ph.D.

Researcher, Laser Weapon Systems
South Korea Agency for Defense Development

16:40 - 17:20 AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM: HOW MILITARIES CAN AND SHOULD BE PLANNING COUNTERMEASURES TO LASER SYSTEMS

·         We must remember that future adversaries are also making strides in the field of DES. Therefore, what can we be doing to mitigate the dangers of DES being used against our own forces and munitions?
·         The importance of ceramic nose cones on missiles and munitions, and why ceramics may become an increasingly important feature of armour on other systems
·         EW/unconventional methods for countering laser systems and targeting the laser at its source
Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts, Former DG Joint Force Development & Defence Academy, UK MoD at DES 2019 Conference Chairman

Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts

Former DG Joint Force Development & Defence Academy, UK MoD
DES 2019 Conference Chairman

17:30 - 17:30 END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE