Air Force Research Lab Hosting Student Job Fair on 5 December
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. (posted: 28 November 2013)
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate is hosting a Career Opportunities Workshop
on 5 December 2013 at 1:00pm at 2350 Alamo Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.
This will be a time for students to interact with AFRL Scientists and Engineers about possible near-term opportunities covering
several areas of engineering and physics. Interested students should bring their resumes and unofficial transcripts.
They are most interested in MS and PhD students, but there are a few prospects for BS level students. For more information,
contact David “Tony” Hostutler, 505-846-5162,
Air Force Research Lab Seeks Sources of Laser Systems for Air Dominance
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. (posted: 25 November 2013)
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is requesting information describing concepts for airborne laser
systems for future air dominance platforms. The emphasis of this effort is to identify potential laser
systems that could be integrated into a platform that will provide air dominance in the 2030+ highly contested
Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environment.
John Wachs Steps Down from DEPS Board of Directors
Albuquerque, New Mexico. (posted: 21 November 2013)
John Wachs has just left the DEPS Board of Directors after six years of
service, the maximum continuous period a Director can serve on the Board.
Executive Director Mark Neice expressed the gratitude of the Society for Wachs' service to DEPS.
Also at the November Board meeting, newly elected Directors Bill Decker, Mark
Henderson, David Kiel and Roger McGinnis assumed their seats on the Board.
Blankenship, Meyer Selected as New DEPS Fellows
Albuquerque, New Mexico. (posted: 19 November 2013)
Sam Blankenship and Tom Meyer have been selected as DEPS Fellows for 2013.
They will be formally inducted at the next Annual Directed Energy Symposium,
to be held in Huntsville, Alabama on 10-14 March 2014.
Durant Relieves Smith as Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Commander
Dahlgren, Virginia. (posted: 15 November 2013)
Captain Brian Durant relieved Captain Michael Smith as commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren,
during a ceremony on 8 November at the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Significant Navy directed energy
programs are performed at NSWC Dahlgren.
DEPS Announces Revised 2014 Event Schedule
Albuquerque, New Mexico. (posted: 11 November 2013)
The revised 2014 schedule of DEPS events has been announced by Mark Neice, DEPS Executive Director. These changes, required by
the delay of the Annual Directed Energy Symposium, include the co-location of the Advanced High Power Lasers event with the SPIE
Defense, Security and Sensing
meeting in Baltimore on 5-9 May.
DEPS Delays Annual Directed Energy Symposium, 2014 Schedule to be Revised
Albuquerque, New Mexico. (posted: 19 October 2013)
In response to the recent government shut down, DEPS is delaying the 2013 Annual DE Symposium to 10-14 March 2014.
This delay will allow for the government participants to get travel approvals in place.
The schedule of 2014 events will be altered to accommodate this change; a new schedule will be published when available.
Decker, Henderson, Kiel, McGinnis Elected New DEPS Directors
Albuquerque, New Mexico. (posted: 4 October 2013)
DEPS President Tim Andreadis has congratulated the newly elected DEPS Directors: Bill Decker (DAU), Mark
Henderson (NAWC), David Kiel (Envisioneering) and Roger McGinnis (ONR), who will serve three year terms on the
DEPS Board of Directors beginning
this fall. There are four new Directors rather than the usual three due to a tie between two of the candidates.
John Wachs (SMDC) will be leaving the Board after six years, the longest a Director may serve continuously.
AFRL Updates Directed Energy Broad Agency Announcement for Universities
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. (posted: 30 September 2013)
The Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate has recently updated its University Small Grants Broad Agency Announcement
(BAA-RDK-2012-0001) and is actively soliciting proposals. The update (Amendment 3) includes new information about grant topics and contact information.
The scope of the research includes the entire spectrum of directed energy technology that is applicable to the Air Force,
including all tangentially-related directed energy research.
DEPS Announces 2013-2014 Graduate Directed Energy Scholarship Winners
Albuquerque, New Mexico. (posted: 18 September 2013)
DEPS has awarded the Graduate Directed Energy Scholarships for 2013-2014. These scholarships are funded by a grant from
the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office and by DEPS. The new scholars are listed here:
Brian Anderson, University of Central Florida
Geoff Greening, University of Michigan
Conor Pogue, Naval Postgraduate School
Aaron Pung, Clemson University
Drew Schiltz, Colorado State University
Michael Steinbock, Air Force Institute of Technology
Beam Irradiance on Target System Explained
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. (posted: 26 August 2013)
The Beam Irradiance on Target System (BITS) is a high energy laser (HEL) sensor array that directly measures
the beam irradiance profile of HEL weapons. The BITS represents the state-of-the-art in directed energy test and evaluation HEL sensors.
Boeing Thin Disk Laser Exceeds Performance Requirements During Testing
Albuquerque, New Mexico. (posted: 19 August 2013)
The Boeing Thin Disk Laser system, which integrates a series of high-power industrial lasers to generate one
concentrated, high-energy beam, exceeded required thresholds for power and beam quality during a demonstration for
the Department of Defense's Robust Electric Laser Initiative (RELI) effort. Boeing is a DEPS Gold Sponsor.
Lt. Gen. David L. Mann Assumes Command of Space and Missile Defense Command
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. (posted: 14 August 2013)
Lt. Gen. David L. Mann assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC)/Army Forces
Strategic Command and the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense from Lt. Gen.
Richard P. Formica during a ceremony conducted in the Von Braun III auditorium on 12 August. Many Army
DE programs are conducted by SMDC.
Army Scientists Collaborate for Stronger Laser Protection
Adelphi, Maryland. (posted: 14 August 2013)
Just as sunglasses protect the wearer's eyes from the ultraviolet rays of the summer sun, some materials
protect eyes and sensors from laser devices. U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) scientists are looking at
findings from university partners to determine which materials provide the most effective protection against lasers.
"Bringing new levels of protection from lasers to the Soldier requires the development of advanced materials as well
as new optical system designs," said Andy Mott, Laser Protection Team leader, ARL.
Maj. Gen. Thomas "Tom" Masiello New Air Force Research Laboratory Commander
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. (posted: 9 August 2013)
Maj. Gen. Thomas "Tom" Masiello took command of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
during a change of command ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on 29 July.
Masiello took the AFRL reins
from Maj. Gen. William McCasland, who is retiring from the Air Force effective 1 October after 34 years of service.
The Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico is an AFRL unit.
Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies Advertises Solid State Laser Position
Louisville, Colorado. (posted: 30 July 2013)
Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies has an open position for a Senior Staff Research Scientist for solid state laser design.
Desired qualifications and capabilities for this full time position, located in Louisville, Colorado, include an advanced degree,
some specific experience and the ability to obtain a security clearance.
Classifed HEL Articles Published in Journal of Directed Energy (Limited Edition)
Albuquerque, New Mexico. (posted: 18 July 2013)
Classified articles with these titles
have been published in the Journal of Directed Energy (Limited Edition). Interested readers with appropriate security
clearances may receive copies by following the instructions in the link at the end of this paragraph, which also includes
abstracts for the articles.
- "High Energy Laser (HEL) Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Laser Spot Size, Aimpoint,
and Incidence Angle on High Explosive (HE) Cook-Off"
- "An Investigation of HEL Lethality on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)"
Incoherent Laser Beam Combining Developed for DE Applications
Washington, D.C. (posted: 11 June 2013)
Developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Plasma Physics Division, incoherent combining of high power fiber lasers
for directed energy (DE) weapons has proven effective in laser weapon systems (LaWS) prototypes now being
temporarily deployed onboard select Navy ships.
Based on architecture first proposed in 2005 by Dr. Phillip Sprangle, senior scientist, NRL Directed Energy Physics,
validation tests of incoherent laser beam combining began as early as 2008 by NRL researchers at the Starfire Optical
Range, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Dr. Sprangle is a DEPS Fellow.
Revised "Introduction to High Power Fiber Lasers" Published by DEPS
Albuquerque, New Mexico (posted: 21 May 2013)
The second edition of "Introduction to High Power Fiber Laers", an updated review of current high-power
fiber laser technology, has been published by DEPS.
The second edition contains information on recent research to achieve increased output powers by
increasing the power of individual beams and by combining multiple beams. It also features new chapters
on fast beam propagation modeling and simulation for optical waveguides and free space. Sami Shakir
joined the original authors Andrew Motes and Richard Berdine for the revision.
Lockheed Martin Demonstrates ADAM Ground-Based Laser System
Sunnyvale, California (posted: 9 May 2013)
Lockheed Martin announced that it has successfully demonstrated the Area Defense
Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system in multiple tests against free-flying Qassam-like rocket
targets. The prototype laser system has destroyed eight small-caliber rocket targets
in flight at a range of approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) in tests
conducted in March and April 2013. Lockheed Martin is a DEPS
Gold Sponsor. Link includes video.
Lasers Bring New Urgency to Navy Electric Power Research
Arlington, Virginia (posted: 2 May 2013)
In the wake of the recent announcement that laser weapons will be put on U.S. Navy ships, the need for reliable, high-voltage
shipboard power has become a matter of national security, officials said at the recent Electric Ship Technologies Symposium outside Washington, D.C.
The Office of Naval Research-sponsored event featured some of the world’s top scientists and engineers in power systems, who agree that a new
era in electric power is within sight.
Ross Book Laser Beam Quality Metrics Published
Bellingham, Washington (posted: 14 April 2013)
"Laser Beam Quality Metrics" by Sean Ross has been published by SPIE.
The book is geared toward engineers and laser physicists involved in the development of laser-based systems,
especially laser systems for directed energy applications. Ross, a DEPS member, has been closely
associated with the Solid State and Diode Laser Technology Review for over a decade.
Navy to Deploy Laser Weapon System aboard Ponce
National Harbor, Maryland (posted: 11 April 2013)
The Navy will deploy a high-energy, solid-state directed energy weapon early next year on board the
amphibious transport dock Ponce, Navy officials said Monday. This will be the first such deployment of the Navy’s
Laser Weapons System (LaWS) after it completed test shots last summer aboard the destroyer Dewey. Link includes video.
SPIE Publishes Special HEL Section of Optical Engineering
Bellingham, Washington (posted: 4 April 2013)
SPIE has published a special section of the journal Optical Engineering on high energy
laser (HEL) systems and components. Guest Editor John Albertine says that the collected
papers provide a survey of high-energy laser weapons development, with articles
written by technical leaders in relevant fields. Albertine is a DEPS Fellow and a
former member of the DEPS Board. Numerous DEPS members contributed to papers in the section.
Perconti Heads ARL Sensors and Electronic Devices Directorate
Aberdeen, Maryland (posted: 23 March 2013)
Dr. Philip Perconti was recently named director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's
(ARL) Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD). Prior to becoming director of SEDD,
Perconti was the director of the Science and Technology Division of the U.S. Army
Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Night Vision
and Electronic Sensors Directorate for 12 years. Directed energy work at ARL is pursued
in this directorate.
2013 Directed Energy Systems Symposium Rescheduled to August
Albuquerque, New Mexico (posted: 20 March 2013)
The 2013 Directed Energy Systems Symposium will be held on 26-30 August in Monterey, California.
This change from the original April dates
for the Symposium and exhibition was prompted by the current budgetary uncertainties.
2013 Directed Energy to DC Exhibition Rescheduled to June
Albuquerque, New Mexico (posted: 5 February 2013)
The 2013 DE2DC Exhibition will be held in Washington DC, with a display at the Pentagon scheduled
for Tuesday, 4 June and hosted by HEL-JTO. A display at the Rayburn House Office Building is planned for Thursday
6 June. Both events remain tentative pending congressional approval and permits. This change from the original March dates
for the exhibition was prompted by the current budgetary uncertainties.
ARL Scientists Study Laser Vulnerability
White Sands, New Mexico (posted: 24 January 2013)
Since 1983, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate's (SLAD)
Electro-Optical Vulnerability Assessment Facility (EOVAF) has provided the resources
needed for SLAD to establish preeminence in the field of laser vulnerability analysis. SLAD personnel use the
EOVAF to analyze the vulnerability of optics to a full range of laser threats and evaluate the impact on the
survivability of the Soldier.
BBC: Rheinmetall Laser Shoots Down UAVs
London, UK (posted: 10 January 2013)
The German defence firm Rheinmetall Defence used high-energy laser equipment to shoot down fast-moving drones at a distance.
The company plans to make the laser weapons system mobile and to integrate automatic cannon.
McManamon, Neice New DEPS Fellows
Albuquerque, New Mexico (posted: 10 January 2013)
Paul McManamon and Mark Neice were named DEPS Fellows at the Annual Directed Energy Symposium in Albuquerque
in December. DEPS Fellows are esteemed members of the Directed Energy Community, known for creative contributions
and distinguished service.
Earlier listings in Wave Front: 2012