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Summer Deployment Planned for Navy DE Weapon Prototype
Arlington, Virginia. (posted: 8 April 2014)

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System, will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf. More.

Directed Energy Weapon Market Worth $18 Billion by 2020
Dallas, Texas. (posted: 27 March 2014)

The last few years witnessed a well-paced revolution in the directed energy weapon market, according to a recently released report by a market research firm. In the report, the market is projected to cross $18.42 Billion by 2020, growing from 2013 to 2020. More.

SMDC Tech Leaders Speak at Annual Directed Energy Symposium
Huntsville, Alabama. (posted: 25 March 2014)

"Directed Energy Applications are considered 'game changing' technologies by the Army," said Richard De Fatta, director of the Emerging Technology Directorate within the Technical Center of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command at the 16th Annual Directed Energy Symposium on 10-14 March. Along with De Fatta, Dr. Mark L. Swinson, deputy director for Rapid Transition, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, and several members of the Emerging Technology Directorate participated, often serving as session chairs and providing presentations addressing high energy laser subsystem development and prototype demonstration results and high power microwave efforts. More.

Kiel, Horkovich, Henderson, Meyer Elected DEPS Officers
Huntsville, Alabama. (posted: 17 March 2014)

At the DEPS Board meeting last week during the Annual Directed Energy Symposium, new officers were elected:

  • David Kiel, President
  • James Horkovich, Vice-President
  • Mark Henderson, Secretary
  • Thomas Meyer, Treasurer

    It was also announced at the Symposium that John Wachs, who stepped down from the Board in 2013, was named Director Emeritus. More.

  • DARPA Demonstrates Excalibur's High Power Optical Phased Arrays
    Arlington, Virginia. (posted: 6 March 2014)

    DARPA’s Excalibur program successfully developed and employed a 21-element optical phased array (OPA) with each array element driven by fiber laser amplifiers. “The success of this real-world test provides evidence of how far OPA lasers could surpass legacy lasers with conventional optics,” said Joseph Mangano, DARPA program manager. More.

    McGinnis to Head FSU Center for Advanced Power Systems
    Tallahassee, Florida. (posted: 28 February 2014)

    Florida State University has named Roger D. McGinnis Sr. the new director of the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), an innovative research center that is working to develop next generation power systems. McGinnis, a member of the DEPS Board of Directors, is a retired U.S. Navy captain who has held key positions in the Office of Naval Sea Systems Command, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Homeland Security. More.

    OUSD Encourages Conference Attendance by DOD Scientists and Engineers
    Pentagon, DC. (posted: 27 February 2014)

    Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, has published a widely distributed memo encouraging conference attendance by DOD scientists and engineers. The memo emphasizes the importance of attendance at technical symposia and conferences that enhance communication between DoD acquisition professionals and their industry counterparts. More.

    Army Solid-State Laser Testbed Undergoes Trials
    White Sands, New Mexico. (posted: 7 February 2014)

    The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's Emerging Technology Directorate used a solid-state high energy laser testbed to engage and destroy threat representative targets in tactical scenarios. The Solid-State Laser Testbed, or SSLT, is part of an Army test designed to investigate military applications and validate the operational utility of high energy lasers. More.

    Navy Laser Weapon Nears Critical Test
    Arlington, Virginia. (posted: 31 January 2014)

    A laser weapon that looks like a telescope will go to sea later this year aboard a Navy warship. Over a 12-month trial deployment in potentially hostile waters, sailors will attempt to prove whether lasers can serve as legitimate weapons against approaching small aircraft or high-speed boats. More.

    Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Weapons Grade High Power Fiber Laser
    Bothell, Washington. (posted: 28 January 2014)

    Lockheed Martin has demonstrated a 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser, the highest power ever documented while retaining beam quality and electrical efficiency. The unique process, called Spectral Beam Combining, sends beams from multiple fiber laser modules, each with a unique wavelength, into a combiner that forms a single, powerful, high quality beam. Lockheed Martin is a DEPS Gold Sponsor. More.

    Menoni Named SPIE Fellow
    Ft. Collins, Colorado. (posted: 21 January 2014)

    Carmen Menoni, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University, recently was elected a Fellow of SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics. Menoni was honored for "innovative contributions to extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray imaging and for contributions to advancing optical materials." She is a long-term DEPS member. More.

    Biedron Named American Physical Society Fellow
    Ft. Collins, Colorado. (posted: 20 January 2014)

    Colorado State University Professor Sandra Biedron was named an American Physical Society Fellow for her fundamental advancement of light sources, including the control of light and harmonic light generated from coherent electron beams and the development of high-power long wavelength sources. Biedron is a DEPS member. More.

    NAVSEA Advertises for Directed Energy Subject Matter Expert
    Dahlgren, Virginia. (posted: 15 January 2014)

    Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Systems Engineering Directorate is advertising a position for a Directed Energy technical expert for systems. An engineering degree and top secret security clearance are among the requirements for this position, which will be located in Dahlgren, Virginia. This position closes on 20 January 2014. More.

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