UK/US Directed Energy Workshop
12-16 June 2017 Swindon, United Kingdom

Call for Papers     Location & Accommodations     Fees & Registration     Exhibits     Organizing Committee     Local Weather

A Joint UK-US Workshop
  Hosted this Year by the MOD in the United Kingdom

Progress in the development and application of high energy laser and high power RF directed energy weapon (DEW) technologies for military missions are explored in this workshop. It extends a
Defence Academy campus at Shrivenham
series of bilateral meetings, the most recent of which was 2015 UK/US DE Workshop.

This Workshop is specifically designed for Secret U.S. and U.K. discussions and presentations, under bilateral exchange agreements between the U.S. and U.K. governments. DEPS role is to support these exchanges, in registration, catering, badging and other logistical activities.

Participation in the UK/US DE Workshop is limited to American and British citizens with the proper visit request on file with the appropriate government offices.


  • RF DEW technical sessions
  • Laser DEW technical sessions
  • Invited plenary speakers
  • Short courses
  • Exhibits
  • Social events

Call for Papers

The Workshop Committee is soliciting contributions for the technical programs. Selection of contributions for the program will be based on the review of abstracts.

Abstracts are solicited in all areas of RF DEW, with special consideration given to these topics:

  • RF DEW Weapon Concepts and Military Utility
  • RF DEW System Engineering and Integration
  • RF DEW Technologies
  • RF DEW Effects and Testing
  • Protection Against RF DEW
  • Overarching Issues (Legal/Policy/Doctrine)
  • Operational Constraints and Interoperability
  • Bioeffects

Abstracts are solicited in all areas of Laser DEW, with special consideration given to these topics:

  • High Energy Laser Technologies
  • Beam Control Technologies
  • Laser Weapon Concepts and Military Utility
  • HEL Systems Engineering and Integration
  • HEL Effects and Testing
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Protection Against HEL Weapons
  • Overarching Issues (Safety/Legal/Policy/Doctrine)


All persons wishing to present at the US/UK DE Workshop must submit an unclassified abstract on or before 22 March 2017. Abstracts are to be submitted online by completing this form. Please contact with any technical issues regarding abstract submission. Subject matter questions regarding abstracts should be directed to the appropriate Technical Chair.

Important Dates for Presenters

  22 March 2017
Abstracts due

  31 March 2017
Authors notified of acceptance

  1 May 2017
U.S. security clearances due

  26 May 2017
Presentations and papers due with release forms

  26 May 2017
U.K. security clearances due

  12-16 June 2017
UK US DE Workshop

Authors needing to submit abstract information that is not public release should submit a placeholder abstract using the online system, then contact the appropriate Technical Chair to determine how to submit the additional information.

The Program Committee will inform authors by 31 March 2017 if their contributions are selected for inclusion in the Workshop Technical Program.

Please note: Authors are warned that obtaining permission to make presentations to this international audience, especially at classified levels, will require an extended review process. Be sure to allow sufficient time after the creation of your presentation to complete these reviews. It is suggested that authors seek initial permission to release their work to the UK/US Community prior to submitting their abstract.

Papers and Presentations

Detailed instructions for submitting presentations and papers will be available upon abstract acceptance.

Overview Agenda

A preliminary overview of the Workshop agenda is offered below. The final program will vary from this overview. The program on Monday and Friday will be held at the Workshop hotel. The program on Tuesday through Thursday will be held at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. Coach transportation will be provided.

Monday, 12 June
1200 On-site badging and check-in opens at hotel
1300 Short Courses
Tuesday, 13 June
0800 Coach Check-in at Marriott Hotel
0900 On-Site Registration Opens
0930 Plenary Session
1200 Lunch
1300 Joint Session
1730 Reception at Marriott
Wednesday, 14 June
0800 Coach Check-in at Marriott
0900 On-Site Registration Opens
Wednesday, 14 June (continued)
0930 Breakout Sessions
1250 Lunch
1335 Breakout Sessions
Thursday, 15 June
0800 Coach Check-in at Marriott
0900 On-Site Registration Opens
0930 Breakout Sessions
1240 Lunch
1340 Breakout Sessions
Friday, 16 June
0800 Short Courses

Location & Accommodations

The workshop hotel is the Swindon Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way, Swindon, United Kingdom, telephone: +44-1793-512-121. We have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate for Workshop attendees. British attendees should use this link to obtain a reservation. American attendees should use this one. Reservations must be made by 19 May to receive the reduced rate.

Only a light breakfast will be offered on site at the Defence Academy on Tuesday through Thursday. However, the Marriott offers a full breakfast buffet for guests at the hotel.

The hotel reserves the right to enforce its policies, procedures, and cancellation fees. DEPS is not responsible for any hotel cancellation charges, penalties, or billing discrepancies.

Workshop sessions will be held at the hotel and at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. Bus transportation will be provided between the hotel and the off-site technical sessions. Driving personal vehicles to the technical sessions is strongly discouraged due to access delays and very limited space for parking.

Fees & Options ---Pre Registration---

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

  Through 15 May Through 9 June Half-day Full-day
DEPS Members $950 $1100 $250 $455
Non-Members $1100 $1250 $250 $455
Government $700 $700 $250 $455

Note: Full-time Royal Defence Academy students enjoy complimentary attendance at the short courses offered at the UK/US DE Workshop.

Registration fees include participation in all Workshop sessions for which the attendee qualifies; snacks, coffee breaks, and lunch from Tuesday through Thursday; the evening reception on Tuesday, and a copy of the Workshop proceedings. Breakfast is not included as part of the registration fee but is available free if staying at the Marriott as a benefit provided by the hotel for hotel guests. Short course registrations included student materials, refreshments, lunch on Friday (if registered for a Friday course), and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits for successful students. Persons wishing to register only for the short courses may do so through a form to be available here.


Registration will be available soon. Please check back.

Workshop Contacts

RF DEW Co-Chairs:    
Martin Hubbard, DSTL +44 7770-0926000
Don Shiffler, AFRL +1 505-853-3906
Laser DEW Co-Chairs:    
Kevin Burrett, DSTL + 44 7776 484246
Walter Fink, JTO +1 505-248-8200
Gillian Cooper, DSTL +44 1980-658730
Registration and DEPS Security:    
Tiffany Bjelke +1 505-998-4910
Workshop Coordinator:    
Cynnamon Spain +1 505-998-4910

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