Directed Energy Systems Symposium
25-29 September 2017 Monterey, California

The Directed Energy (DE) Systems Symposium focuses on systems aspects of DE in a limited-attendance environment.
Monterey Bay Sailboat
Photo courtesy of Sam Blankenship
Portions of the Systems Symposium will be conducted at the Secret level, and attendance at all sessions is limited to U.S. citizens with security clearances, who are employees of the U.S. Government or its contractors.

Substantial program changes have been made to the Systems Symposium. This change is in reaction to the increasing opportunities to transition our Directed Energy Weapon concepts. The opening plenary session will be replaced by a full day of system level talks. DEPS has received confirmation that six DoD efforts will be participating. These invited talks include the Navy’s Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD), the Marine Corps’ Ground-Based Air Defense (GBAD), the Army’s High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck (HELMTT), the Navy-Air Force Joint High Power Electromagnetic Non-Kinetic Strike (HIJENKS), the AF Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) and the AF High-power Adaptive Directed Energy Weapon (HADES). Following this exclusive event are two days of orals and posters that focus on system level contributions.

This new format is designed to inform interested parties about the general state of this emerging military relevant technology. It also serves our research and development scientists and engineers with a comprehensive view of our technology needs.

Symposium Highlights

  • Details surrounding the 6 system level talks; LWSD, GBAD, HELMTT, HIJENKS, SHiELD, HADES
    • Forum is classified
    • Each program overview brief will be awarded 1 hour and 10 minutes
    • All briefs will be presented during the plenary session
    • DEPS encourages the use of additional presentation time slots to further detail the systems – These orals will be presented in the sessions following the plenary.

    Preliminary Overview Agenda

      Monday, 25 September
    Short Courses

      Tuesday, 26 September
    DE Programs Briefings Session
    Evening Reception

      Wednesday, 27 September
    Poster Session to 1000
    Technical Sessions Remander of Day

      Thursday, 28 September
    Technical Sessions

      Friday, 29 September
    Closing Plenary
    Symposium Adjourns 1100
  • Co-located technical conference contributions now mapped into focus areas to support a system perspective
    • System Trades
    • Applied Beam Control
    • Laser Maturation
    • Auxiliary Functions
    • Lessons Learned
    • Mission Models
    • Applied HPM
    • Lethality
    • Policy
  • Short Courses
  • Invited speakers
  • Unclassified and Classified technical presentations
  • Evening reception

Call for Papers

The call for papers will be posted by 31 March.

Location and Accommodations

Technical sessions of the Directed Energy Systems Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, California, and at the Naval Postgraduate School.

DEPS has negotiated a block of rooms at government rates for Symposium attendees. To make a reservation at these reduced rates, click here and use the hotel's online reservation system. Reservations must be made early to insure the reduced rates.

Fees & Options ---Pre Registration---


------ Short Courses ------

  Through 31 July Through 20 September On-site Half-day Full-day
DEPS members $950 $1050 $1150 $250 $450
Non-members $1100 $1200 $1300 $250 $450
Government Employees $700 $700 $700 $250 $450
Esteemed Leader Volunteer (1) $300 $300 $300 $250 $450
Qualifying Students (2) $300 $300 $300 $0 $0
Other Full-Time Students -----Full price based on membership status, see above---- $0 $0

(1) Esteemed Leaders are retired DEPS members willing to volunteer for 2 half days of service. In exchange for their help in putting on a successful program we can offer a reduced rate for their attendance to the overall symposium. Please contact for more information.

(2) Full time students will be admitted at reduced charge provided they either (1) agree to assist DEPS staff for two half-days of service, or (2) are presenting at the Symposium, and agree to assist DEPS for a single half-day day of service. If these conditions are not met, students will be required to pay the full registration fee. Note however that short courses are free for all full-time student registrants regardless of their volunteer/presenter status. However, students who are not presenting or volunteering will need to use a stand-alone short course registration form (to be available here) to obtain this rate.

Registration fees include participation in all Symposium sessions for which the attendee qualifies; breakfast snacks* and coffee breaks Tuesday through Friday mornings, lunch Tuesday through Thursday, the evening reception on Tuesday, and a copy of the proceedings. *Note that Government Employee registration does not include breakfast. Breakfast can be purchased for $10/day with your registration.

Short course registrations include student materials, refreshments, and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits for successful students. Morning courses include breakfast snacks and a box lunch is provided to those attending afternoon courses. Two half-day courses can be selected for the price of a full-day course. Short courses can be purchased separate from your Symposium registration by using a form to be available here.


Proceedings of the Symposium will be published. See our Online Store for proceedings of previous Directed Energy Systems Symposia.

Symposium Contacts

Symposium Chair:
Dan Marker (505) 846-2871
Symposium Coordinator/Short Courses
Cynnamon Spain (505) 998-4910
Security, Registration, and Receipts
Tiffany Bjelke (505) 998-4910

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