The Leading International Forum For The DES Community
Over the past 13 years, the Directed Energy Systems forum has become the most internationally focused and innovative DES forum worldwide. This year, the theme is "Exploiting the Military Utility of Directed Energy" - focus will be on the future militarily use of DE and the next steps required for these systems to earn their way onto platforms and into operations.
We are undoubtedly at a time where Directed Energy Systems are moving on to platforms across the tri-service. Technological progress is helping to meet SWaP-C challenges and the spectrum of threats-faced now includes UAVs and smaller targets which require, and provide operational rationale, for lower powered systems. At the same time missile defence requires the future operationalisation of high-powered systems - especially as hypersonic technology increases the threat and reduced the efficacy of traditional systems.
The race is on to field systems now, get this technology into the hands of the warfighter, gain feedback on how the systems can be used and take an iterative approach to refine and design future systems. Now is the time to learn the military utility of directed energy and the next steps needed to make this technology a battlefield reality.
We look forward to exposing capability planners, future operators and researchers to case-studies and developments from other nations, and helping militaries share TTPS and Operational Concepts for this new capability. No more promises, DE is moving into operations!
DON’T MISS: Our Post-Conference Workshop Day will feature sessions from the Police Academy of the Netherlands and BAE Systems, focusing on the utility of non-lethal force and the integration of DES into air, land, and sea platforms respectively. The majority of discussion will share end-user and industry insight into this increasingly relevant capability.
2019 Expert Speaker Faculty:
Commander, 704th Test Group, Directed Energy Combined Test Force
US Air Force
Former DG Joint Force Development & Defence Academy, UK MoD
DES 2019 Conference Chairman
Executive Vice President, Directed Energy
Booz Allen Hamilton
Researcher, Laser Weapon Systems
South Korea Agency for Defense Development
European Working Group Non-Lethal Weapons
Assistant Head for Novel Weapons, Weapons Evaluation and Capability Assurance, Finance & Military Capability Group
Officer in Charge, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA)
US Army Europe
HEL Program Manager
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Platform Integration Consultant – LDEW
Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command
Novel Weapons Programme
Directed Energy Experimentation Lead, AF Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Senior Principal Marine Systems Engineer
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
Netherlands Military Police
Business Development, High Energy Lasers
Head of High Power Fibre Lasers, Optoelectronics Research Centre
University of Southampton
Modelling, Simulation and Analysis Lead
French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis (ISL)
Lecturer in War Studies and Director of Operations
King's Centre for Strategic Communications
Key themes this year will include:
Exploiting the Military Utility of Directed Energy: earning a place onto platforms and into operations. What role do armed services see for directed energy, what technologies need to be refined, and what is the roadmap for adoption?
Defining and sharing concepts of operations and TTPs behind the use of Directed Energy Systems. What are the SWaP-C considerations and how can the value proposition of these systems be communicated to strategic leaders?
Understanding the threats faced and which problem sets most readily can be addressed by DES and which problem sets require more R&D in order to develop effective DES solutions?
Learning from case–studies to address training challenges for High-Powered lasers and understanding safety and deconfliction considerations to deploy laser systems on the battlefield
How Microwaves continue to have application as non-lethal weapon systems, but also as effective UAS-killers – how and why they may become the energy system of choice versus the laser
Join us in October to gain both strategic and technical insight from military leaders, research scientists and industry experts, including roadmaps, goals, and the art of the possible. This will allow you to define future operational concepts, understand militarily useful applications of the latest technologies and help deliver the latest technology to the warfighter.
Testimonials from the Directed Energy Systems Summit
"Excellent Summit as it brings together experts from around the world. The planning and management of your events & conferences is always top-notch and excellent."
"Being new to DEW it was quite valuable"
"I got a good picture of where the laser weapon field is at the moment"
"It was first time attending and it was certainly valuable to get an overview, plus an outlook on the history, present and future thoughts and direction"
"Extremely good speaker faculty"
"Very valuable meeting"
"It is good to have an insight of the current subject, current status and an idea where it is moving"
"Very good opportunity for side meetings and networking with Good choice of speakers, interesting presentations"
"Very good, with high technical level"