22 - 24 October, 2019 | London Marriott Maida Vale, London, UK

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

9:30 - 10:00 PREPARING TO ACQUIRE AND DEPLOY DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS: CONTINUED

·         Understanding the link between the Novel Weapons Programme and Directed Energy Weapons
·         The path forward for Directed Energy Systems in the UK
·         Analysing the future capabilities of Directed Energy Systems 
Ivan Jones, Novel Weapons Programme at UK MoD

Ivan Jones

Novel Weapons Programme
UK MoD

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

Fumio Wani, Ph.D., HEL Program Manager at Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Fumio Wani, Ph.D.

HEL Program Manager
Kawasaki Heavy Industries

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

Jeffery Troester, Directed Energy Systems Integration Lead at Honeywell Aerospace

Jeffery Troester

Directed Energy Systems Integration Lead
Honeywell Aerospace

11:00 - 11:30 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 - 12:00 DIRECTED ENERGY S&T PORTFOLIO OVERVIEW


·         Overview of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy (DE) Directorate’s program the Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) and scientific research portfolio
·         Feedback from Demonstrator Laser Weapon System (DLWS) tested against air launched missiles in flight and the lessons learned
·         The roadmap towards creating a smaller and lighter SHiELD system which is ruggedized for an airborne environment
·         Current research into High-Power Microwaves within the DE Directorate
Kelly Hammett, Ph.D, Director, Directed Energy Directorate at US Air Force

Kelly Hammett, Ph.D

Director, Directed Energy Directorate
US Air Force

12:00 - 12:30 ACC DIRECTED ENERGY LETHALITY ACTIVITIES: DE CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

·                  Driving laser beaming capabilities in support of advanced lethality
·                  Challenges associated with DE integration efforts: necessary next steps
·                  Initiatives to put DE capabilities into the Warfighter’s hands
Colonel Craig Nieman, Chief at Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command

Colonel Craig Nieman

Chief
Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command

12:30 - 13:30 NETWORKING LUNCH

·         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)

The requirements and integration of DES is formed through research, testing, experimentation, and use of the system. This panel discussion hosts representatives from each function within the U.S. and will deliver perspectives on DES from each stage of the process.
 
Format: A discussion among key representatives from the DES lifecycle stages within the U.S. followed by a live question round from the audience.
 
Objectives: To help the audience to gain an insight into the process and roadmap of directed energy systems development across the U.S. and provide a unique opportunity for attendees to have their questions answered.
 
Key Questions:
·         What is the communication structure between the research, experimentation, testing, and use functions?
·         How are the key operational requirements of DES taken into account at each stage?
·         What is currently the biggest priority across all functions?
·         What are the main technological challenges in each area that need to be overcome?
Kelly Hammett, Ph.D, Director, Directed Energy Directorate at US Air Force

Kelly Hammett, Ph.D

Director, Directed Energy Directorate
US Air Force

Colonel Craig Nieman, Chief at Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command

Colonel Craig Nieman

Chief
Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command

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)

15:00 - 15:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

15:30 - 16:00 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

16:00 - 16:30 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

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

16:45 - 18:15 EVENING DRINKS RECEPTION

18:15 - 18:30 END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE