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Peter Morrison Honored for Laser Weapon System
(posted: 26 August 2015)
The annual “Sammie” awards, handed out in the fall by the Partnership for Public Service,
honor federal employees for their accomplishments. Finalists include Peter Morrison, a program officer with the
Office of Naval Research, who led the laser weapons system project, which provides the Navy with
new technology to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles, detonate shipboard ordnance and
disable small attack boats.
China Joins the Laser Arms Race
(posted: 24 August 2015)
Lasers and other directed energy weapons are all the rage in D.C., with a U.S. general recently
declaring at a conference dedicated to the topic that "Directed energy brings the dawn of an entirely
new era in defense." Lasers are a crucial part of long-term plans to defeat the threat of higher numbers
of Chinese anti-ship missiles. But just like in other areas of technology, China does not plan on being
SMDC Turns to Lockheed for Laser Alternative
(posted: 17 August 2015)
The Army is entering a new Cooperative Research & Development Agreement for a
laser weapon with defense titan Lockheed Martin, Lt. Gen. David Mann,
the head of Space & Missile Defense
Command, said today. The Lockheed agreement, not yet formally announced, will lead up
to a live-fire test against drones and mortar rounds at White Sands Missile Range
Graduate Directed Energy Scholars Announced for 2015-2016
(posted: 13 August 2015)
The graduate students listed below have been selected to receive Graduate Directed Energy Scholarships for
2015-2016. Funding for these scholarships is made available by a grant from the High Energy Laser Joint
Technology Office and by DEPS.
- Joshua Bradford, University of Central Florida
- Andrew Brown, University of Minnesota
- Lee Burchett, Air Force Institute of Technology
- Christopher Dunn, Clemson University
- Steven Exelby, University of Michigan
- Evan Hale, University of Central Florida
- Matthew Kemnetz, Notre Dame University
- Jeffrey Kraczek, University of Dayton
- Tyler Rowe, University of Wisconsin
- Fred Sang, Brigham Young University
- Alex Sincore, University of Central Florida
- Michael Steinbock, Air Force Institute of Technology
- Bradley Thompson, University of Illinois
Electric Fires Range Environmental Assessment Approved at Fort Sill
(posted: 7 August 2015)
The Army’s Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill approved the Electric Fires Range Environmental Assessment
which concluded with a “Finding of No Significant Impact” when conducting demonstrations of Electric Fires systems
(e.g. laser, microwave, and railguns technologies), meaning there will be no significant
impact to the environment on Fort Sill or the surrounding areas. This will pave the way
for future demonstrations of these technologies to be held on Fort Sill.
US Special Forces Pursuing AC-130-based ‘Active Denial System’
(posted: 4 August 2015)
US Air Force Special Operations Command’s plan to mount an airborne laser and active denial system onto its new AC-130J
Ghostrider gunship is maturing and has the strong support of the scientific community within the flying branch.
AFSOC chief Lt Gen Bradley Heithold outlined his “five-year plan” to install directed energy weapons on several Block 60 Ghostriders.
Adversaries Showing Interest in Directed Energy
(posted: 3 August 2015)
The Navy has already seen potential adversaries using directed energy against the fleet and therefore needs to
push forward with its DE weapons development faster than the acquisition system has previously allowed, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said.
Speaking at the Directed Energy Summit, hosted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and Booz Allen Hamilton,
the Navy Secretary made clear his service is not the only one pursuing directed energy weapons.
The Laser Revolution: This Time It May Be Real
(posted: 30 July 2015)
Laser projects have overpromised and underdelivered for decades, from Reagan’s Star Wars in the eighties to the Airborne Laser,
canceled in 2011. Now proponents must convince the skeptics — particularly in Congress — that this time is different. A report
from the 28 July Directed Energy Summit, sponsored by CSBA and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Weyl Point Observed - Could Lead to New Kinds of High Power Lasers
(posted: 22 July 2015)
The Weyl point has finally been confirmed by direct observation for the first time, says an international
team of physicists led by researchers at MIT. The finding could lead to new kinds of high-power single-mode
lasers and other optical devices, the team says.
Directed Energy Weapons: Will They Ever Be Ready?
(posted: 20 July 2015)
The trials of the Navy’s laser weapon system (LaWS) were hailed as a success.
But despite promising test results and decades of research and development, it could be many more years before
the military is ready to bring directed energy weapons into the mainstream.
Effort to Emphasize Conference Utility to Federal Policymakers Needs Your Help
(posted: 14 July 2015)
DEPS is collaborating with AIAA and AAAS to ask for your help in urging federal policymakers to recognize the
importance of conferences and collaboration to the progress of science and technology.
Please take a moment to make a submission highlighting the importance of conference participation to a healthy
scientific and technical community.
Directed Energy Summit Initiated on 28 July in McLean, Virginia
(posted: 9 July 2015)
Booz Allen Hamilton (a DEPS Platinum Sponsor) and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments are offering the Directed Energy Summit on 28 July 2015
in McLean, Virginia. The Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert O. Work, has committed to deliver the keynote luncheon speech for the Department of Defense (DoD),
Secretary Ray Mabus for the Navy, and Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command, for the Air Force.
Laser Weapon System Engineering Group Honored
(posted: 6 July 2015)
The U.S. Navy recently honored the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Engineering Group of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren. Named
individuals include Joseph Barrasse, Ronald J. Flatley, Theresa Gennaro, David McCormick, David Newton, Melissa Olson, Dr. Robert Pawlak,
Lt. Cmdr. Michael Putnam, Gunendran Sivapragasam and David Sullin.
MBDA Germany Develops Laser Weapon to Attack Mini-UAVs
(posted: 23 June 2015)
The growing use of mini-UAVs for intrusive surveillance has spurred MBDA
Germany to develop a 40-kllowatt laser technology demonstrator it claims
can knock out a small drone at three kilometers.
NAVSEA Advertises for Directed Energy Subject Matter Expert
(posted: 16 June 2015)
Naval Sea Systems Command is advertising for a Directed Energy subject
matter expert, who will organize and direct multi-disciplinary technical
efforts for major Navy program assignments that require the application of
scientific and systems engineering theories, concepts and principles to
validate and accomplish critical engineering advancements and solutions to
naval capabilities. The application period closes on Friday, 19 June.
Successful 2015 DE2DC Event Summarized
(posted: 8 June 2015)
The fourth annual DE2DC 2015 educational outreach event was held in Washington, DC,
on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon from 28-30 April 2015.
As a result of educating decision makers and warfighters through the educational efforts
of the outreach campaign and the annual educational DE2DC event, informed decisions
are being made in regards to DE.
HELLADS Laser Achieves Acceptance for Field Testing
(posted: 27 May 2015)
DARPA’s High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) has demonstrated sufficient laser power and
beam quality to advance to a series of field tests. The achievement of government acceptance for field trials
marks the end of the program’s laboratory development phase and the beginning of a new and challenging set of
tests against rockets, mortars, vehicles and surrogate surface-to-air missiles at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
Schafer Advertises Senior Systems Engineer Position in Albuquerque
(posted: 26 May 2015)
Schafer Corporation is advertising for a Senior Systems Engineer to
perform end-to-end analysis of the Advanced Beam Control for Locating and Engagement (ABLE) program
supporting the systems engineering process for the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO).
The position is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
USAF Plans 100-kW Laser Weapon for Fighters
(posted: 20 May 2015)
The U.S. Air Force wants to fire a 100-plus-kilowatt laser from a fighter, according to
Morley Stone, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s chief technology officer, speaking at
“DoD Lab Day” in the Pentagon courtyard.
Congress Urges U.S. Navy on Lasers, Rail Guns
(posted: 5 May 2015)
The House Armed Services Committee has passed its
draft of the annual defense policy bill, including a provision that “directs the Secretary of the Navy to develop a plan
for fielding electric weapon systems” — meaning both lasers and rail guns —
“and to provide a briefing on the results of this plan to the House Committee on Armed Services by March 1, 2016.”
The Navy is accelerating its efforts
to move both lasers and rail guns from the test phase into the fleet.
Directed Energy for Planetary Defense
(posted: 4 May 2015)
The University of California Santa Barbara Experimental Cosmology Group has proposed a space-based high energy laser
system called DE-STAR to evaporate or deflect earth-threatening asteroids and comets, among other potential missions.
2015 Laser Safety Guide Available
(posted: 4 May 2015)
The Laser Safety Guide is a tool for all laser personnel, outlining
potential hazards for all types of lasers and providing easy to understand guidelines for controlling laser hazards.
The new twelfth edition of the Guide has been completely
updated to incorporate the major changes from the recently revised ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers standard.
Space-Based Laser Idea Returns as Orbital Debris Cleaner
(posted: 20 April 2015)
Space trash is a growing problem as more and more debris is released into our Earth's orbit.
Now, scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based laser system to solve the issue.
Hammett, Schriempf Named to Board of Scientific and Engineering Advisors
(posted: 15 April 2015)
Kelly Hammett and Tom Schriempf have been named by the DEPS Board to serve three-year terms on the Board of Scientific and
Engineering Advisors. Executive Director Mark Neice has expressed the gratitute of
the society to out-going BSEA members Bill Baker and Louis Marquet for their service.
Directed Energy Weapons Report Published by Center for a New American Security
(posted: 9 April 2015)
Visiting Senior Fellow Dr. Jason Ellis examines the value of directed energy weapons and makes a series of
recommendations for how the U.S. can invest in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner to further mature this
important technology. The report is a project of the CNAS 20YY Warfare Initiative, led by 20YY Warfare
Initiative Director Paul Scharre.
HEL Joint Technology Office News Bulletin Posted
(posted: 7 April 2015)
The High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office News Bulletin for April, 2015 has been posted. This newsletter
includes a status report on HEL JTO initiatives including the advanced beam control for locating and engagement (ABLE)
initiative. The newsletter also covers current HEL JTO endeavors with the International community.
David Titterton Publishes Book "Military Laser Technology and Systems"
(posted: 5 April 2015)
David Titterton's book "Military Laser Technology and Systems" has been published by Artech House. Dr. Titterton,
visiting professor of military electronic and systems engineering at Cranfield University, is a long-term DEPS member.
Kelly Hammett Named New DEPS Fellow
(posted: 25 March 2015)
Kelly Hammett was invested as a DEPS Fellow on 2 March 2015
at the Annual Directed Energy Symposium in Anaheim, California. He was cited for outstanding
leadership and technical contributions in the development, integration, and
test of the Airborne Laser and other significant work.
Horkovich, Maloney, Ross, Schall Elected New DEPS Officers
(posted: 4 March 2015)
James Horkovich was elected DEPS President at the DEPS Board of Directors
meeting on 3 March. The other officers elected were Vice President Jeff Maloney, Secretary
Sean Ross and Treasurer Harold Schall. These officers will serve until the next Annual
Directed Energy Symposium.
Lockheed Martin ATHENA System Stops Truck
(posted: 3 March 2015)
Lockheed Martin’s 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test.
Known as ATHENA, for Advanced Test High Energy Asset, the ground-based prototype system burned through the engine manifold in a matter
of seconds from more than a mile away.
High Energy Lasers: New Advances in Defense Applications
(posted: 20 February 2015)
Directed-energy weapons systems could provide efficient, cost-effective countermeasures
in an age of drones and other airborne threats. Recent scientific and engineering
breakthroughs are bringing these systems closer to deployment.
Online Journal of Directed Energy Launched
(posted: 19 February 2015)
An online version of the Journal of Directed Energy has been launched. Currently, it contains
papers that have completed the review and editing process, making them available as preprints well before
the hardcopy issue is published. Later
they will be included in online issues that will parallel the hardcopy Journal issues.
A link to the Current Papers page is available at the bottom of the Publications box on
the DEPS Welcome Page.
Global Military Laser Systems Market 2015-2019 Published
(posted: 17 February 2015)
Laser systems are widely used for military and defense purposes as rangefinders, illuminators, laser weapons, directed energy weapons,
and infrared countermeasures.
This report covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the Global Military Laser Systems market for the period 2015-2019.
U.K./U.S. Directed Energy Workshop Announced for June
(posted: 10 February 2015)
Progress in the development and application of high energy laser and high power RF directed energy weapon (DEW)
technologies for military missions is explored in this Workshop, held on 15-19 June under bilateral exchange agreements
between the U.S. and U.K. governments. The Workshop Committee is seeking contributions. Abstracts are due by
Chief of Naval Operations Praises Laser Weapons and Railgun
(posted: 4 February 2015)
The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert, today outlined the top science and technology objectives
for the Navy and Marine Corps of the future, at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C
“Number one, you’ve got to get us off gunpowder,” said Greenert, noting that Office of Naval Research-supported weapon programs
like Laser Weapon System (LaWS) and the Electromagnetic Railgun are vital to the future force.
Laser Pioneer Charles Townes Dies
(posted: 31 January 2015)
The US physicist Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work that led to the development of the laser,
has died at the age of 99. Townes played an integral part in the race to make the first laser by developing its forerunner – the "maser" –
which could produce and amplify electromagnetic radiation in the microwave region of the spectrum.
Motes Publishes "Laser Beam Combining Methods"
(posted: 28 January 2015)
Andrew Motes has published "Laser Beam Combining Methods", the sixth and most recent
in his laser book series. Motes' books are listed on the Member Books page,
a listing available for all directed energy books published by DEPS Members.
Ball Aerospace Advertises Laser Positions
(posted: 28 January 2015)
Ball Aerospace is advertising laser positions in Albuquerque. Position titles include Senior Laser Research Engineer,
Project Engineer I - Thermal, and Project Engineer II - HEL Technology.
Turkey Successfully Tests Laser Weapon
(posted: 26 January 2015)
Turkish defense industry engineers successfully tested the first prototype of the High Power Laser Weapons System
similar to the U.S.-developed Laser Weapon System, according to a Turkish daily last Monday.
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