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AFSOC Moves Forward on Plans to Equip AC-130J with Laser Weapon by 2020
(posted: 26 May 2016)

Air Force Special Operations Command is on track to equip an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship with a laser weapon by the end of the decade. Working alongside Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren in Virginia, the Command has wrapped up the first phase of a two-part study that will give the command greater clarity on the maturity of commercially available systems and potential design concepts, said Lt. Col. John DiSebastian, director of fixed-wing tech insertion at Special Operations Command. More.

Britain to Name Contractor for Testing Laser Weapon
(posted: 26 May 2016)

Britain is set to take its first major step toward fielding a laser directed energy weapon next month when the Ministry of Defence is due to select a contractor to build a technology demonstrator to validate the system. MoD officials could select a winning contractor to build the demonstrator as early as June 3, according to Andy Rhodes, a business development executive at Raytheon UK. More.

U.S. Lawmaker Orders NASA to Plan for Trip to Alpha Centauri by 2069
(posted: 26 May 2016)

A senior U.S. lawmaker who helps write NASA’s budget called on the agency to begin developing its own interstellar probes, with the aim of launching a mission to Alpha Centauri, our nearest star system, in 2069—the centenary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Representative John Culberson (R–TX), a self-professed space fan who chairs the House of Representatives appropriations subpanel that oversees NASA, included the call for the ambitious voyage in a committee report released recently. More.

Battelle Fielding 100 Drone Zappers to Pentagon, Homeland Security
(posted: 24 May 2016)

Officials of Battelle, the non-profit research and development organization based in Columbus, Ohio, announced the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security had signed off on buying 100 of its “DroneDefender,” billed as the “safe” solution to warding off intruding unmanned aerial vehicles. More.

Robert Peterkin Receives Presidential Award
(posted: 24 May 2016)

Dr. Robert Peterkin, chief scientist for AFRL Directed Energy Directorate, was among this year's 13 Presidential Rank Award winners from the U.S. Air Force. A long-term DEPS member, Peterkin is being honored for his prolific research and technical leadership of new Department of Defense directed energy technologies including high power electromagnetics and high energy lasers for national security applications. More.

Raytheon Begins Delivery of Railgun Pulse Power Containers
(posted: 24 May 2016)

Raytheon Company has begun deliveries of pulse power containers in support of the U.S. Navy's Railgun program. The containers, which are comprised of multiple pulsed power modules, will be integrated into the Navy's Railgun test range for additional development and testing. Raytheon, a DEPS Platinum Sponsor, is one of three contractors developing a PPC design for the U.S. Navy. More.

Directed Energy Interstellar Propulsion Study Funded
(posted: 18 May 2016)

In 2015, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program selected University of California, Santa Barbara Professor Philip Lubin's study on directed energy propulsion for exploring other worlds. Professor Lubin has received external funding to continue the work started in his NIAC study. More.

MDA Seeks Laser Engineer at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
(posted: 11 May 2016)

The Missile Defense Agency, Sensor & Laser Technology Program Office is seeking a laser engineer to assist in the development of directed energy systems at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. The position is open to U.S. citizens and closes on 19 May. More.

CSBA Releases Report "Winning the Salvo Competition"
(posted: 5 May 2016)

CSBA Senior Fellows Mark Gunzinger and Bryan Clark will release of their report "Winning The Salvo Competition: Rebalancing America's Air And Missile Defenses" on 20 May in Washington, DC. A plated breakfast will be provided. (This event was originally scheduled for 26 April 2016.) More.

Chuck Oberly Dies
(posted: 29 April 2016)

Charles (Chuck) Oberly, 76, of Urbana, Ohio passed away on 23 April 2016 in the Springfield Regional Medical Center. A memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday 30 April at 2:00 p.m. in the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield Street, Saint Paris, Ohio. Oberly was a long-term DEPS member. More.

Andreadis, Horkovich, Schriempf DEPS Emeritus Directors
(posted: 28 April 2016)

Tim Andreadis, James Horkovich and Tom Schriempf have been named Emeritus Directors by the DEPS Board. All three served multiple terms and positions on the DEPS Board, and all three served a term as Board president. DEPS Executive Director Mark Neice has expressed the Society's appreciation to them on their service to the Board and the Directed Energy community. More.

Kelly Hammett Named Director, AFRL Directed Energy Directorate
(posted: 26 April 2016)

Kelly Hammett was welcomed as the new director of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate at a ceremony at the AFRL Conference Center April 25. He was also promoted to the Senior Executive Service at the ceremony. Hammett is a DEPS Fellow. More.

David Stoudt Joins Booz Allen Hamilton
(posted: 20 April 2016)

Booz Allen Hamilton has named David Stoudt as a Senior Executive Advisor and thought leader for the firm’s Directed Energy initiative, Stoudt joins Booz Allen following 26 years of civil service, most recently serving in the executive service’s technical ranks and as the Navy’s first and only Senior Technologist for Directed Energy. Stoudt is a DEPS Fellow. More.

Johns Hopkins University APL Seeking High Power RF Engineer
(posted: 18 April 2016)

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory , located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, is seeking a High Power RF/Microwave Engineer. The position requires an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with at least 5 years of specific experience in High Power RF applications, design, and testing plus the ability to obtain a Top Secret Clearance. More.

Billionaire Spending $100 million on Laser-Pushed Nanosails
(posted: 18 April 2016)

Billionaire Yuri Milner is spending $100 million on a probe that could travel to Alpha Centauri within a generation. Milner wants his $100 million to fund research that will culminate in a prototype of a laser-propelled probe that can beam images back to Earth. More.

CSBA Releases Report: Winning the Salvo Competition
(posted: 15 April 2016)

Mark Gunzinger and Bryan Clark of the Center for Strategic and Budegetary Assessments will present the report Winning The Salvo Competition: Rebalancing America’s Air And Missile Defenses at an event on 26 April in Washington, D.C. They will host a discussion of initiatives that could improve our Nation’s ability to counter guided weapon salvos that threaten its future ability to project power. More.

Heinrich, Inhofe Introduce Bill To Accelerate DE Weapon Systems For The Military
(posted: 12 April 2016)

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee, have introduced the Directed Energy Weapon Systems Acquisition Act of 2016, a bill to accelerate the development and transition of directed energy technology capabilities for the nation's military. More.

Raytheon Ktech Lands Contract for Counter-Electronics HPM Missile
(posted: 25 March 2016)

Raytheon’s acquisition of directed energy firm Ktech in 2011 is paying dividends following the US Defense Department’s award of a $4.8 million contract to repackage two conventional air-launched cruise missiles as high-power microwave weapons. The award to Raytheon is the first significant movement on the Counter-electronics HPM Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) since a 2012 demonstration. More.

Andreadis, Schall Replace Meyer, Slater on BSEA
(posted: 23 March 2016)

Tim Andreadis and Harold Schall have replaced Tom Meyer and Jack Slater on the DEPS Board of Scientific and Engineering Advisors. Executive Director Mark Neice expressed the Society's appreciation to Meyer and Slater for their service. The Board of Directors also extended Jim McManamon's term for one year. More.

David Titterton Named DEPS Fellow
(posted: 18 March 2016)

David Titterton was inducted as a DEPS Fellow at the Annual Directed Energy Symposium in Albuquerque on 10 March. He has spent a 45-year career in Directed Energy in the UK and currently has a position with Cranfield University at the Defence Academy. He has been very active in the DEPS UK/US Directed Energy Workshops. More.

Lockheed Martin Touts Low Cost Lasers
(posted: 18 March 2016)

Lockheed Martin believes laser weapons are “coming of age” and ready for use as a cheaper option against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups that employ inexpensive but deadly weapons. Last year, Lockheed tested its new Athena weapon, which uses a 30-kw fiber laser. Each shot cost less than a dollar. Lockheed Martin is a DEPS Platinum Sponsor, as are Boeing and Northrop Grumman, also mentioned in one of these links. More and More.

Maloney, Marker Elected DEPS President, Vice-President
(posted: 14 March 2016)

Jeff Maloney was elected President of the DEPS Board and Dan Marker Vice-President by the Board at its meeting last week. James Horkovich had served as President previously. Maloney was Vice-President before the election. Sean Ross continues to serve as Secretary, and Harold Schall as Treasurer. More.

National Academy Studies Intense, Ultrafast Lasers
(posted: 14 March 2016)

A committee of the National Academy is surveying high intensity science and related technology and will review the framework in which high intensity science and the development of related technology is conducted in the United States. Committee members include DEPS members Jacqueline Gish (DEPS Fellow), Henry Kapteyn, Howard Milchburg and Stephen Milton. More.

MZA Posts HBDS Testing Video
(posted: 7 March 2016)

MZA Associates Corporation has posted a video that summarizes the results of tests of the High Energy Fiber Laser Helicopter Beam Director Subsystem (HBDS). The video shows line-of-sight stabilization and moving target tracking tests. MZA is a DEPS Silver Sponsor. More and Video.

U.S. Army SMDC Seeks General Engineer in Directed Energy
(posted: 1 March 2016)

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U. S. Army Forces Strategic Command is seeking a General Engineer in the Directed Energy Division. The position is in Huntsville, Alabama. Only Federal employees (see announcement for the definition of this phrase.) may apply. Position closes on 15 March. More.

U.S. Army SMDC Develops Anti-UAV Laser Weapons
(posted: 23 February 2016)

Lasers are the most exotic of anti-unmanned aerial vehicle weapons, and the U.S. has several directed energy weapons projects underway. The Army’s Space and Missile Defense/Army Strategic Forces Technical Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the lead Army agency for developing high-energy laser weapons, is working on three systems with anti-UAV capabilities. More.

Laser Weapon System Chief Engineer Sought in San Diego
(posted: 23 February 2016)

Kforce, a professional staffing services firm, has a client in San Diego, California seeking a Laser Weapon System Chief Engineer. Requirements include experience in the development and fielding of a DoD Weapon System or High Energy Laser System. For more information, enter 1504847-WQG in the keywords box of the Web page linked here.

Nutronics Seeks Engineers and Scientists for Multiple Openings
(posted: 20 February 2016)

Nutronics plans to hire 3-5 engineers and scientists over the next several months to support multiple challenging programs. Currently advertised openings are linked below. Nutronics is seeking a broad range of specialties in beam control system design, development, integration, and test, and applicants in the DE community with other areas of expertise are encouraged to apply. More and More.

Marker, Meyer Replace Andreadis, Horkovich on DEPS Board
(posted: 20 February 2016)

DEPS welcomes two new members to the Board of Directors: Dan Marker, AFRL/RD, and Dr. Howard Meyer, Booz Allen Hamilton. They will be formally seated at the March Annual Symposium. DEPS would like to thank Dr. Tim Andreadis, Navy Research Laboratory, and Dr. Jim Horkovich, Schafer Corporation, for their distinguished service these past six years to the DEPS Board of Directors. Each served a term as President of the Board. More.

Penn State Electro-Optics Center Seeks Director
(posted: 1 February 2016)

The Pennsylvania State University seeks candidates for the position of Director, Electro-Optics Center (EOC) in Freeport, PA, (near Kittanning, PA). The preferred candidate should have a doctoral degree in an Engineering or Science discipline and 15 or more years of related experience. More.

CSU Offers Summer School Directed Energy Courses
(posted: 25 January 2016)

Colorado State University is hosting the U.S. Particle Accelerator School in Fort Collins, Colorado during 13-24 June 2016. DE-related course topics include microwave sources, laser principles and free electron lasers. More.

Chief of Naval Research Highlights Directed Energy in Address
(posted: 19 January 2016)

Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Mat Winter emphasized directed energy in his keynote address at the Surface Navy Association’s 28th Annual National Symposium, held in Crystal City, Virginia on 13 January. He mentioned specifically the Ground Based Air Defense On The Move program, the Laser Weapon System, and Electromagnetic Railgun as ONR-sponsored technologies that are navigating the transition pipeline successfully. More.

Pentagon Eyes Airborne Lasers for Missile Defense
(posted: 14 January 2016)

The U.S. Defense Department recently began testing a laser that might someday be affixed to drones to knock incoming missiles out of the sky. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, nominated as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he would support more funding to develop a boost-phase airborne laser weapon system for missile defense in the next decade. More.

Chinese Soldiers Have Laser Guns
(posted: 14 January 2016)

The official PLA Daily announced that Chinese soldiers are now in possession of laser guns. In combat, laser rifles like the PY132A would be useful in a wide variety of situations. More.

Dr. Gregory Quarles Named Chief Scientist at The Optical Society
(posted: 8 January 2016)

The Optical Society has announced that Dr. Gregory Quarles has joined society as Chief Scientist. In this position, Quarles, a long-term DEPS member, is responsible for the scientific infrastructure of the society. More.

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