3rd Annual Directed Energy Symposium

The 2019 Directed Energy Symposium will provide a forum to discuss the efforts to develop and leverage DE technologies in support of U.S. national security needs. As the global climates shifts back to great power competition new and advanced weapons systems will need to be rapidly developed and fielded to provide the United States a continued advantage over its potential enemies.


With countries advancing their development of hypersonic and other advanced missiles to avoid existing defense systems the US needs to develop new ways to protect its assets from attack. Directed Energy weapons have the potential to provide a low cost, high capacity capabilities to defend against these emerging threats. Along with advanced missiles Directed Energy systems also have the ability to counter enemy UAVs. As UAV technology becomes established and cheaper more threats can cheaply field fleets of theses systems. Directed Energy offers the US an option besides expensive missiles to destroy these UAVs and deter their future use.


As the battlefield of the 21st century and beyond continue to evolve and new technology is introduced at a rapid pace the US will need to continue to advance its capabilities. Directed Energy Systems have the potential to bolster US warfighter dominance across any future battlefield.


Speaker and Presenter Information

Dr. Craig Robin, SES
Senior Research Scientist for Directed Energy Applications

Dr. Shari Feth
Program Executive, Advanced Technology
Missile Defense Agency


COL Gary Beard
TRADOC Capability Manager
Air Defense Artillery


Don Kelley
Program Manager, Ground Based Air Defense
Marine Corps System Command


David Kiel
Directed Energy Warfare Office NSWC Dahlgren Division

Erin Kampschroer
APM Energy Storage
Electric Ships Office (PMS 320)


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Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, DOD & Military, Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, FEMA, FAA

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Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Defense Strategies Institute

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