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Maloney, Meyer, Ross, Schall DEPS Officers for 2017
(posted: 21 February 2017)
Jeff Maloney, Howard Meyer, Sean Ross and Howard Schall were elected DEPS President, Vice President, Secretary and
Treasurer for the next year at the DEPS Board of Directors meeting in Huntsville on 15 February 2017. The officers are
the same as in 2016 except that Meyer has replaced Dan Marker as Vice President. President Maloney expressed the gratitude of
the Society to Marker for his service as Vice President.
AEgis Awarded AFRL Directed Energy SatAC Contract
(posted: 14 February 2017)
AEgis Technologies was awarded a $40 million, five-year contract to support the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy (RD)
Directorate’s Satellite Assessment Center (SatAC). SatAC is the Air Force-chartered organization that evaluates directed energy effects on
space systems, performs assessments of space system susceptibilities to directed energy sources and develops tools to perform satellite and
space systems technical analyses.
Joint Directed Energy Transition Office Planned
(posted: 3 February 2017)
The new National Defense Authorization Act requires the Department of Defense to establish a new position for a senior official with
principal responsibility for directed energy weapons with the support of a newly designated Joint Directed Energy Transition Office.
An update on plans for this office is on the agenda for the 29-30 March Directed Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.
Robinson Speaks on High Power Electromagnetic Weapons
(posted: 24 January 2017)
Mary Lou Robinson, Chief of the High Power Electromagnetics Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base,
speaks on high power electromagnetic weapons and why we aren't using them. This 13-minute presentation was delivered at TEDxABQ in 2016.
Congress Gets Serious About Laser Weapons
(posted: 23 January 2017)
The U.S. military is set to see a 51 percent increase in funding to develop and procure laser weapons, a technologically-advanced
"game-changer" as troops prepare for new and growing asymmetric threats around the world.
Lawmakers cited the progress made by the Defense Department as a key reason for the boost.
New Laser System Allows Longer Distance Battlefield Observation
(posted: 19 January 2017)
A new directed energy laser system could allow battlefield commanders to spy on enemy activities from space, using the Earth's atmosphere
as a giant lens. The system, developed by British defence company BAE systems, uses lasers to temporarily change the Earth's atmosphere
into lens-like structures, to magnify or change the path of electromagnetic waves such as light and radio signals.
New Laser Type Demonstrated
(posted: 17 January 2017)
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated the world's first laser based on an unconventional wave physics
phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The new lasers could be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications.
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