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.
· 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
US Air Force
Colonel Craig Nieman
Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command
Michael Jirjis, Ph.D.
Directed Energy Experimentation Lead, AF Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)