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

Agenda Day 2

8:30 - 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

·         How DES provide solutions to gaps in current conventional capability, both in terms of effect on target and in terms of logistical simplicity
·         Why DES are simply the next logical step in EW, and should be thought of as such when determining if and how they should deployed
·         Understanding the pathway for global adoption of this technology, including counter-UAS and missile defence capabilities. 
Mark Gunzinger, Director for Future Aerospace Concepts and Capabilities Assessments, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies / Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments at US Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Mark Gunzinger

Director for Future Aerospace Concepts and Capabilities Assessments, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies / Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
US Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

We must remember that future adversaries are also making strides in the field of DES. Therefore, what can be done to mitigate the dangers of DES being used against our own forces and munitions?
 
Format: A discussion among users and researchers followed by a live question round from the audience
 
Objectives: To help the audience to gain an insight into the importance of developing counter-directed energy systems and the methods of doing so.
 
Key Questions:
·         An overview of the need for counter-DEW systems
·         The limitations and the ability to circumvent novel counter-DEW systems
·         Targeting the laser at its source: the use of electronic weapons to counter DES
·         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

10:30 - 11:00 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:00 - 11:40 INTEGRATION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF NAVAL ENERGY-BASED WEAPONS AND SENSORS

New DES systems drive a need for closer integration between a combat system and a ships own systems, including within power, cooling and Command and control (C2) areas.
 
·         The importance of optimal and flexible integration of DES for the availability and capabilities of new systems, including the provision of secondary benefits to the ship and its systems in the form of ride-through capabilities and improved efficiency
·         An overview of the challenges and opportunities that these new and future energy based system offer to the platform designer and integrator
·         A review of recent, current and future activities within the UK MOD to develop solutions to these challenges
·         Other current interest areas and needs within the UK MOD, including the development of platform digital twins; improving thermal management; and collaborative testing
 
Andrew Tate MSc CEng FIMarEST, Senior Principal Marine Systems Engineer at DSTL

Andrew Tate MSc CEng FIMarEST

Senior Principal Marine Systems Engineer
DSTL

11:40 - 12:20 MODELLING, SIMULATION & ANALYSIS – THE CRITICAL FACTOR TO ACHIEVE LASER DEW PLATFORM INTEGRATION MASTERY

·         Key Aims of Modelling, Simulation & Analysis
·         End-to-End Performance Model capability
·         Exploitation of the End-to-End Performance Model in a Synthetic Environment
·         Analyse Suite to aid understanding of output
Sanjit Matharu, Modelling, Simulation and Analysis Lead at BAE Systems

Sanjit Matharu

Modelling, Simulation and Analysis Lead
BAE Systems

12:20 - 13:00 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
Gary Woltering, Deputy Chief at Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command

Gary Woltering

Deputy Chief
Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command

13:00 - 14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:00 - 14:40 THE APPLICATIONS OF NON-LETHAL DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

·         Directed energy technology for law enforcement is reaching a decisive point for future applications
·         How developments in microwave/sonic technology mean that directed energy weapons usage for law enforcement is feasible and achievable
·         How the widespread introduction of non-lethal DES will transform policing and crowd control in general
Sjef Orbons, Ph.D., Consultant at Netherlands Military Police

Sjef Orbons, Ph.D.

Consultant
Netherlands Military Police

14:40 - 15:20 NON-LETHAL DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS IN THE CONTEMPORARY TACTICAL-OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

·         Civilian Mobilisation and Contemporary Tactical-Operational Environment
·         Case Studies: Arab Spring, Russian ‘New Generation Warfare’ in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, and Gaza 2018-2019
·         The Role of Non-Lethal Weapons in the Contemporary Tactical-Operational Environment 
Ofer Fridman, Ph.D., Lecturer in War Studies and Director of Operations at King's Centre for Strategic Communications

Ofer Fridman, Ph.D.

Lecturer in War Studies and Director of Operations
King's Centre for Strategic Communications

15:20 - 16:00 LOW-ENERGY VS. HIGH-ENERGY DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS

·         The abilities of low and high-energy lasers, and high-powered microwaves
·         Assessing the scalable effects of HEL in order to examine the need to develop operational high-energy systems
·         Examining the pros and cons of the different directed energy systems to determine their military applications
Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Massimo Annati, Chairman at European Working Group Non-Lethal Weapons

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Massimo Annati

Chairman
European Working Group Non-Lethal Weapons

16:00 - 16:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

16:30 - 17:10 ENABLING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LASERS THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

·         Safety has been an inherent part of laser development since it’s invention
·         How high-energy lasers used in a weapon application present a challenging operational issue
·         High-energy laser systems typically refer to lasers with several tens to several hundreds of kilowatts of power (or higher). At these power levels, even a very small percentage of absorption will result in a substantial amount of energy being deposited into the tissue and thus damaging the tissue, even if the laser wavelength is one traditionally deemed as eye safe
Prof. Lars Nilsson, Head of High Power Fibre Lasers, Optoelectronics Research Centre at University of Southampton

Prof. Lars Nilsson

Head of High Power Fibre Lasers, Optoelectronics Research Centre
University of Southampton

17:10 - 17:50 UNDERSTANDING THE PHYSICS BEHIND APPLICATIONS OF HIGH ENERGY LASER WEAPONS

·         Key parameters for effective coupling of laser energy in the target relevant to military applications
·         Counter of Unmanned Aerial Systems: composite materials and the complexity of laser-matter interaction
·         Protection of optronical components by optical limiting against laser impact
Rüdiger Schmitt, Senior Scientist at French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis (ISL)

Rüdiger Schmitt

Senior Scientist
French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis (ISL)

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

18:00 - 18:00 END OF CONFERENCE DAY TWO