The Nominations Committee has named the following seven candidates for the three DEPS Director positions to be filled by election this summer. The slate emphasizes technical, organizational, and geographic diversity. Write in candidates are also be accepted.
Voting will remain open until 20 September.
Candidate's Statement: The Department of Defense has invested tens of billions of dollars in directed energy technology over the past 35 years. To date, we have fielded many systems with lasers as components, but none where the laser is the weapon. We have tried the "demonstrate it and they will come" approach repeatedly, with no success. To successfully field directed energy weapons, we, the government and industry together, need to follow the established acquisition process. As a current DEPS board member, I have worked to help the DE community better understand the acquisition process, current priorities in the DoD, and the impact of recent and future policy changes and current budget issues. As Defense Acquisition University's Director for the Technology Transition Learning Center of Excellence, I am in a position where my primary responsibility is to support the transition of technology into the hands of our Warfighters. I have access to the DoD and service staffs, the Program Managers and Program Executive Officers that run our acquisition programs. A team of DoD prime contractors, Government leaders, program managers, lobbyists, and science and technology project leaders must pull together to enable our Warfighters to benefit from our DE technology.
Candidate's Statement: My name is Mark Henderson. I'm running for a second term as one of the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) Directors positions that are to be filled this summer. As you all know, the Directed Energy Professional Society is serving a significant need in the Directed Energy (DE) community. DEPS continues to be the one of the primary professional networking venues for professionals in the directed energy disciplines. As such, I believe that DEPS must continue to expand its professional events and publications and continue to improve their quality. The DE community and DEPS in particular need to pay more attention to the national educational and manpower needs. The DEPS Executive Director Mark Neice has been actively pursuing an initiative with a grant request to Dept of Education for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) funds for K thru 12 mentoring in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and also with NSF for K thru 12 regional grants covering the Albuquerque, Los Cruces and WSMR areas. I am active in similar STEM mentoring activities at the college level here at China Lake. Please consider selecting me as one of the continuing DEPS directors. Along with expanding the DEPS professional events and publications and continuing to improve their quality I will strive to improve both the professional awareness and number of new members as we move forward toward supporting our great nation's service men and women.
Candidate's Statement: I have been involved in high-energy laser research and development since 1973. My early interests were in chemically-reacting flows that included fluorine heterogeneous recombination on the walls of the tiny supersonic nozzles in HF lasers. I have worked in laser target interactions, gas-dynamic lasers and other areas within the HEL field. In my last assignment in the Air Force I served as Chief of the Laser Devices Division, Weapons Laboratory. In 1989 I joined the faculty in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame where I helped write a white paper for a new initiative in Aero-Optics at AFOSR. The initiative was successful and led to some modest funding at Notre Dame which has grown over the years to a large enterprise in Aero-Optics; among other programs, we operate a Mach 0.8 plus Falcon 10 as an Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory (AAOL) that has produced copious data which has been used by adaptive optics researchers and system performance analysts around the country. In my capacity as a university Professor, I advise many graduate students in the general area of laser research and beam control issues. Many of my graduates have now taken up key positions in the laser community. I believe that I can bring a university perspective to the DEPS Board of Directors and serve as a conduit to the University community.
Candidate's Statement: Fiscal pressures are going to continue even if a solution is found to the current budget impasse. In this fiscally constrained environment, DEPS' core mission to promote R&D in Directed Energy and create an environment for information exchange will become more important. To meet these increased responsibilities, we must be willing to evolve our business model and look for creative solutions to continue our core mission effectively. This will require DEPS to strive for more and stronger partnerships. One possibility may be to help industry find a way in creating commercial markets that use the building blocks of Directed Energy weapons commercially to drive cost out of our systems. Creative methods of hosting conferences to help our government partners participate will have to be explored to ensure cross service coordination is achieved as well as the necessary peer review of ideas. Increased partnering with sister non-profit organizations will help not only to increase our base, but will also increase our sphere of influence which will help support our primary goal of promoting R&D for Directed Energy. Expanding our educational outreach programs to educate our leadership on the potential role of Direct Energy and fostering the next generation of technical leaders will need to increase too. Growth of DEPS for the sake of growth is not our driving mission; rather it is the promotion of Directed Energy R&D to meet the needs of the warfighter. All initiatives must support that fundamental goal.
Professional Background: Dave Kiel is currently the Director of Naval Programs at Envisioneering Inc., providing system engineering support services to Navy Electronic Warfare and Directed Energy weapons. Prior to transitioning from active duty, he was the Program Manager for PMS 405, the Surface Navy's Program Office for Electric and Directed Energy Weapons. He led the initiation of the Laser Weapons System (LaWS) to provide a rational first step for a Navy High Energy Laser weapon currently scheduled to be operationally deployed on the USS Ponce next year. He coordinated with the Air Force to support Active Denial technology transition to the Navy. He supported the acceleration of Ultra Short Pulse laser funding for the Navy to meet specific operational needs. He also supported HPM concepts with JIEDO to help defeat the IED threat. He taught a highly regarded of short course for DEPS that provided an intuitive introduction to the physics of Directed Energy weapons.
Dave Kiel's passion for Electronic Warfare and Directed Energy Weapons was fostered by his operational experiences on his second ship where realistic air defense testing illustrated the difficulties in the traditional radar and surface-to-air-missile approach to air defense. He subsequently attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a MS in Physics and did his thesis on nonlinear models of the Free Electron Laser. He had a tour at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren VA where he worked on a HPM weapon concept that transitioned to a classified Advanced Technology Demonstrator. He was the founding project manager of the Navy's successful Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program being fielded in the fleet today.
Candidate's Statement: Our society's board members have served us very well over the past 14 years. I would like to see the society continue its primary goal of fostering research and development in directed energy technology for both defense and civil applications, as well as encourage interest in directed energy in college students and young engineers and scientists. A somewhat new and urgent addition to the responsibilities for the board is maintaining the financial viability of the organization during a period of greatly reduced travel opportunities and restricted conference attendance for a large sector of our membership. I consider this to be one of the most urgent issues facing the society, and will work with the other members of the board to develop options to help the society overcome these financial challenges.
Professional Background: Dr. Roger McGinnis (CAPT USN ret) has been a member of the Society since 1999. He served as Chairman of the DEPS Annual Symposium in 2002, 2005, and 2011.
After receiving his Ph.D. from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2000, CAPT McGinnis was assigned as the Program Manager for the Navy's Directed Energy and Electric Weapons program office. In 2005 he received orders to the Office of Naval Research where he served as Director of Innovation, a portfolio that included the Navy's free electron laser program. He retired from active duty in 2006, and served in the Senior Executive Service at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology directorate until 2010. He returned to the Office of Naval research in 2011 and currently serves as the program executive for Innovative Naval Prototypes in the Naval Aviation and Air Warfare Department. Programs under his area of responsibility include the Navy's Free Electron Laser, Solid State Laser, Electromagnetic Railgun, and the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System.
Candidate's Statement: DEPS has grown from a few early conferences almost 15 years ago to a robust professional society hosting a broad range of well attended conferences, publishing technical books, a peer reviewed journal, and many conference proceedings. The society's educational programs, including short courses, summer intern programs, and scholarships is particularly impressive. I hope to further enhance the academic communities participation in these DEPS programs, introduce promising young scientists and engineers to the discipline, and inform society leaders on the potential impact of our emerging technologies. By engaging the most diverse constituencies, our society can continue the impressive growth and enable our member's creative solutions for the defense of our nation.
Professional Background: Dr. Glen P. Perram is a Professor of Physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology, having served on the faculty since 1989. As an experimentalist in the area of chemical physics, his research interests include high power gas phase lasers, laser lethality, high energy laser weapon effectiveness modeling, and space surveillance. He has received 40 research grants and published over 100 articles in applied physics and optics. During his 24 years on the AFIT faculty he has advised 29 PhD and 46 MS students and teaches graduate courses in quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, lasers, chemical kinetics, space surveillance, atmospheric chemistry and optics. Dr Perram is a fellow of the Directed Energy Professional Society, a registered professional engineer in State of Ohio, and received the General Bernard A. Schriever Award for advancing aerospace power in 1995. He leads the AFIT Remote Sensing Group that received the Air Force Science and Engineering, Exploratory Team Award in 2010. Dr. Perram was chairman of the HEL JTO Technical Area Working Group on Modeling and Simulation from 2001 – 2006. He served as program manager for the AFOSR directed SDIO/BMDO Innovative Science and Technology program on Short Wavelength Chemical Lasers during the 1990's and as Chief, Visible Chemical Laser Section, Air Force Weapons Laboratory from 1985 – 1989. Professor Perram is an author of the DEPS textbook "Introduction to Laser Weapons Systems."
Candidate's Statement: I have been involved in DoD research long enough to have measured the rising impact of the DEPS organization on the consciousness of the defense and HEL community. Guided by the wisdom of its first directors, all veteran experts in the laser defense field, DEPS has grown in respect and maturity throughout the directed energy community. True to its origins, it adopted the lean efficient organization that so characterizes the HEL JTO. This notwithstanding, it raced into establishing many ambitious attributes that other much larger professional organizations took years to establish, its own journals, educational programs, book publications, scholarships for students, and of course a full deck of meetings and workshops covering all aspects of directed energy.
Having grown rapidly in respect and maturity, we now have the opportunity to ask how DEPS moves forward in the future. I hope that we can grow its membership and expand its reach. The strength of any professional organization rests ultimately in its younger members. The more we attract and involve student, post-doc, engineer and technician members, the more we guarantee our future. Corporate sponsorship these days are the backbone of successful meetings. Ours is a field with more companies entering it than leaving it. In both these directions I believe there are new initiatives we can adopt to increase membership. DEPS has a vigorous educational program. As perhaps the first academic board member, I would advocate we maintain and strengthen this program innovatively by involving industry and national laboratories. Increasing the number of new graduates in the national laboratories should be priority. Finally I believe that DEPS can play a more vigorous role on the national stage. DEPS speaks with a unique voice to defense and security technologies of the future. Our voice needs to be heard on future investments in directed energy and on issues like the National Photonic Initiative.