This Nineteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium provides a forum for the exchange of technical and programmatic information in fields related to directed energy sources, directed energy effects, and the development, testing and fielding of directed energy weapons and related technologies. The Symposium will enclude attendance by a wide range of specialists including: researchers, managers, policy makers, and executives from government institutions (DoD, DoE and other national laboratories, program offices, the intelligence community, etc.), industry, academia, and other scientific and engineering institutions.
An overview agenda of the Symposium program is given below. The final Technical Program is available in PDF format. Please note that last minute changes to the program were made.
All spaces on the tour are taken. No new registrations are being accepted.
Please join us for an optional tour of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on Friday, 17 February from 0830-1130. NASA Marshall has been at the forefront of US Space exploration having launched the first US satellite on the Redstone Rocket in 1958. This tradition continues
A bus will pick up tour participants at the hotel lobby main entrance at 0800 and should have everyone back to the hotel by noon.
The 2017 Annual Directed Energy Symposium will be held at the Westin Huntsville, located at Bridge Street Town Centre, 6800 Governors W, Huntsville, AL 35806 and at off-site locations. A block of rooms at reduced rates was available for attendees, but it has filled up. A map of other local hotels is available.
The hotels reserve the right to enforce their policies, procedures, and cancellation fees. DEPS is not responsible for any hotel cancellation charges, penalties, or billing discrepancies.
Companions are always a welcome addition to any DEPS meeting. To encourage them, we offer companion meal options. Our full meal option includes all meals that are provided for regular attendees including any evening and specialty functions that may be planned. For those companions who do not want to be tied to scheduled meal functions, we also offer a reception option. This option, which includes only the evening reception, allows companions access to the "fun" portions of our events. These Companion meals tickets can be purchased either with your symposium registration (below), or separately using this online companion registration form.
Upon arrival, those checking the "companion information needed" box on their event registration will be provided a welcome packet with information on local points of interest. To assist companions in making plans for their stay, an onsite specialist will meet with interested parties on the first day of the meeting, providing access, individually or as a group, to local attractions and/or tours.
* Full time students will be admitted at no charge provided they are (1) presenting at the Symposium or the
Education Workshop, or (2) who volunteer to assist DEPS staff for a half day of service. If these conditions are not met,
students will be required to pay the full registration fee. Note that short courses are free for all student registrants regardless of their volunteer/presenter status, however
the stand-alone short course registration form must be used if
one is not a qualifying student for the Symposium.
Standard registration fees include participation in all Symposium sessions for which the attendee qualifies; breakfast snacks, coffee breaks,
and lunch from Tuesday through Thursday; the evening Exhibitor reception/poster session, and a copy of the Symposium proceedings.
Registration for the Symposium also includes a complimentary one-year DEPS membership.
Government registration fees includes participation in all Symposium sessions for which the attendee
qualifies, evening Exhibitor reception/poster session, lunch Tuesday through Thursday and proceedings. Breakfasts
are not included with the government registration; however, they are available as an additional separate
Single day registration options are available under certain conditions. Please contact Tiffany
in the DEPS office to inquire.
Short course registrations included student materials, refreshments, and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits
for successful students. Two half-day courses can be selected for the price of a full-day course.
All Annual Symposium registrants can participate in the Directed Energy Education Workshop at no additional cost.
Companion meal tickets, allowing guests to enjoy the catered events, are available for an additional cost.
and can be purchased with your registration (below) or separately using this Companion Registration form.
Standard registration fees include participation in all Symposium sessions for which the attendee qualifies; breakfast snacks, coffee breaks, and lunch from Tuesday through Thursday; the evening Exhibitor reception/poster session, and a copy of the Symposium proceedings. Registration for the Symposium also includes a complimentary one-year DEPS membership.
Government registration fees includes participation in all Symposium sessions for which the attendee qualifies, evening Exhibitor reception/poster session, lunch Tuesday through Thursday and proceedings. Breakfasts are not included with the government registration; however, they are available as an additional separate purchase.
Single day registration options are available under certain conditions. Please contact Tiffany in the DEPS office to inquire.
Short course registrations included student materials, refreshments, and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits for successful students. Two half-day courses can be selected for the price of a full-day course.
All Annual Symposium registrants can participate in the Directed Energy Education Workshop at no additional cost.
Companion meal tickets, allowing guests to enjoy the catered events, are available for an additional cost. and can be purchased with your registration (below) or separately using this Companion Registration form.
Online registration has closed. On-site registration is limited strictly to speakers due to limitations in the meeting room size.
Persons requesting cancellation through 16 January will receive a full refund. Cancellations after 16 January are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after 10 February. Please note that due to staff workload in preparation for this event, refunds for cancellations received after 31 January will not be processed until after 20 February.
All plenary sessions and social events will be open to all attendees. The parallel technical sessions will be held at open, limited participation, and classified levels. The highest level of classified information to be presented at the 2017 Annual Directed Energy Symposium is SECRET/NOFORN. Participation in the classified sessions is restricted to U.S. citizens from government, industry and academia with appropriate security clearances.
Please note that some sessions at the Symposium will be Limited Distribution C and D, which restricts participation in those sessions to U.S. citizens who are employees of the U.S. Federal Government or its contractors (C), or employees of the Department of Defense or its contractors (D). If you do not meet this requirement, you may be unable to attend every session even if you have provided DEPS with a classified visit request. Attendees without security clearances or need-to-know may only attend presentations cleared for public release at sessions that will be held separately from classified sessions. Details on the attendance requirements are provided below.
A picture ID will be required at check-in and upon entry into the classified sessions. Laptops, cell phones, palm pilots, and other such electronics will not be allowed in the classified sessions; please do not bring them to the classified meeting site. Videotaping or audio recording of any session at this meeting is prohibited. Note taking will not be allowed in classified sessions.
Note that all visit request actions must be completed no later than 26 January 2017.
Attendance at Classified Sessions
For questions regarding visit requests or verification of receipt please call Tiffany Bjelke at (505) 217-2062.
Attendees not having access to JPAS may submit their classified visit request via fax according to the instructions below. Note that this method should only be used by those who do not have access to JPAS. All faxed visit requests for personnel in JPAS will be rejected and required to be re-submitted through JPAS.
Visit requests for attendees not having access to JPAS must be typed and on your company letter head. You should us the format that is best suited for your operation; however it must contain all applicable information below. The visit request must be signed by your security office/manager as to verify your employment and clearance status. Without this signature, the visit request is invalid and will not be processed. All visit requests must be faxed. Visitors can not hand carry their own visit request.
Please note that all classified visit requests, through JPAS or faxed, must be received by 26 January 2017.
Attendance at Limited Participation Sessions
Government employees will be admitted to the appropriate level of limited participation sessions upon presentation of their CAC card. Employees of U.S. Government Contractors must either present a CAC card or submit a request for admission to limited participation sessions. Note that if you plan to use a CAC for entry, DEPS must be notified in writing before the event in order to properly prepare for your access needs. Please indicate you intention to use CAC for entry into limited presentations on your registration.
All persons without clearance or appropriate CAC card who wish to attend the Limited Distribution sessions must submit a Visit request letter as follows. The request must (1) be on company letterhead, (2) be signed by your company FSO, immediate supervisor, or program manager, (3) identify you by name as a company employee, (4) state your citizenship, (5) include your social security number, and (6) state that you have a valid need for access to the Limited C and D, or Limited C information to be presented at this meeting. Either scan the letter and send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax the letter to (505) 998-4917, or mail it to:
Directed Energy Professional Society
Requests to attend Limited Distribution sessions must be received by DEPS on or before 26 January 2017. Contact Tiffany at (505) 217-2062 or email@example.com if further information is needed.
Note: persons submitting their security clearance for attendance at the classified sessions will be admitted to the Limited sessions without additional paperwork. You do not need to submit this visit request.
Call for Papers
Contributions are solicited for presentation at the Symposium from all areas relevant to directed energy (DE). The conference will highlight discussions of current scientific advances, programs, technology efforts, DE effects, M&S from physics-based to mission level, military utility, learning from past technical accomplishments and disappointments, and the future of directed energy. Papers are especially sought in Lessons Learned in DE System Integration and Employment/Deployment, and Potential Impacts of DE in the Battlefield. The Symposium Technical Program Committee will select contributions to the technical program based on submitted abstracts.
The 2017 program is being organized with an emphasis on what we have learned from near term DE system integration onto platforms and the transition of DE to operational forces. Proposed Special Focus Areas currently include the following. Contributions do not need to fall within the emphasis or a focus area to be considered for presentation.
Special considerations for classified material at the 2017 Annual Directed Energy Symposium: Unlike previous Annual Directed Energy Symposia, classified presentations may only be submitted by SIPRnet. If you do not have access to SIPRnet, it is not recommended that you submit an abstract for a classified presentation, since you will not be able to mail or handcarry classified information to the event. Also, no classified papers to accompany presentations will be accepted by any means. We recommend that you submit classified papers to the classified portion of the Journal of Directed Energy instead. Also, there will be no classified poster session at this event.
Abstract submission is now closed.
The Program Committee will inform authors by 3 January 2017 if their contributions are selected for inclusion in the Symposium Technical Program. Student presenters will be informed later than other authors.
Authors should note that all presentations, including classified ones, are due by 1 February. This deadline should be kept in mind when scheduling presentation creation and seeking institutional permissions to present at the Symposium.
Presentations should be in Microsoft Powerpoint format. The file name of the presentation must include the abstract number. Any video material used must be imbedded within your presentation and cannot exceed 20MB. Additionally, please note that when submitting unclassified presentations on CD via mail, your CD will not be returned. Classified presentations may only be submitted by SIPRnet. They will not be accepted by email or by handcarry. No classified posters may be submitted.
Authors are encouraged to submit papers based on their presentations to be published in the Symposium proceedings. However, no classified papers can be submitted by any means. Papers should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format, and follow the DEPS Conference Paper Format instructions. With author approval, papers may also be forwarded for consideration by editors of the Journal of Directed Energy, a peer-reviewed publication.
Papers and presentations must be assigned the appropriate authorized Distribution Statement as well as with the pertinent security markings.
Last updated: 13 February 2017