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U.S. Army Demonstrates Integration of Laser Weapon on Combat Vehicle
(posted: 22 March 2017)
Members of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center's Air and Missile Defense Directorate participated in the Joint
Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization UAS Hard-Kill Challenge at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, from 27 February to
3 March. During the challenge, the Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser 2.0 demonstrated its
counter-unmanned aircraft system capability.
U.S. Army Gets World Record-Setting 60-kW Laser
(posted: 17 March 2017)
The U.S. Army is taking delivery of a 60 kilowatt-class laser from Lockheed Martin as the company wraps up
demonstrations of the capability. The laser will be integrated onto the Army's High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck
Space-Based Lasers among Beijing’s Hi-Tech Arms
(posted: 14 March 2017)
China’s military is developing powerful lasers, electromagnetic railguns and high-power microwave weapons for use
in a future “light war” involving space-based attacks on satellites.
Schafer is Seeking an Electro-Optical Engineer in Albuquerque
(posted: 7 March 2017)
Schafer Corporation has an immediate requirement for an Electro-Optical Engineer with broad experience in all
aspects of the theory and practice of optical systems engineering. This position in Albuquerque, New Mexico
requires a masters degree, 10 or more years experience and an active Top Secret clearance.
Impossible (But Working!) Recipe For Ultrashort Laser Pulses
(posted: 7 March 2017)
Physicists from Warsaw have generated ultrashort laser pulses in an optical fiber, by using a method previously
considered as physically impossible to achieve. The new laser produces high quality femtosecond pulses, and their
energy can be up to 1000 times larger than typical for lasers with material absorbers.
China Exhibits The Silent Hunter Laser Weapon in Dubai
(posted: 2 March 2017)
At the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Dubai, China flaunted a range of high-tech weaponry,
including the laser weapon The Silent Hunter, with a claimed output of 50-70 kilowatts.
Horkovich, LaMar, Lavan, Schiffler Named New DEPS Fellows
(posted: 28 February 2017)
Announced at the 19th Annual Directed Energy Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, Dr. James
Horkovich, Charles LaMar, Dr. Michael Lavan, and Dr. Donald Shiffler are the newest candidates to be
invested as DEPS Fellows for their extensive contributions
and distinguished service to the Directed Energy community.
Maloney, Meyer, Ross, Schall DEPS Officers for 2017
(posted: 21 February 2017)
Jeff Maloney, Howard Meyer, Sean Ross and Howard Schall were elected DEPS President, Vice President, Secretary and
Treasurer for the next year at the DEPS Board of Directors meeting in Huntsville on 15 February 2017. The officers are
the same as in 2016 except that Meyer has replaced Dan Marker as Vice President. President Maloney expressed the gratitude of
the Society to Marker for his service as Vice President.
AEgis Awarded AFRL Directed Energy SatAC Contract
(posted: 14 February 2017)
AEgis Technologies was awarded a $40 million, five-year contract to support the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy (RD)
Directorate’s Satellite Assessment Center (SatAC). SatAC is the Air Force-chartered organization that evaluates directed energy effects on
space systems, performs assessments of space system susceptibilities to directed energy sources and develops tools to perform satellite and
space systems technical analyses.
Joint Directed Energy Transition Office Planned
(posted: 3 February 2017)
The new National Defense Authorization Act requires the Department of Defense to establish a new position for a senior official with
principal responsibility for directed energy weapons with the support of a newly designated Joint Directed Energy Transition Office.
An update on plans for this office is on the agenda for the 29-30 March Directed Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.
Robinson Speaks on High Power Electromagnetic Weapons
(posted: 24 January 2017)
Mary Lou Robinson, Chief of the High Power Electromagnetics Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base,
speaks on high power electromagnetic weapons and why we aren't using them. This 13-minute presentation was delivered at TEDxABQ in 2016.
Congress Gets Serious About Laser Weapons
(posted: 23 January 2017)
The U.S. military is set to see a 51 percent increase in funding to develop and procure laser weapons, a technologically-advanced
"game-changer" as troops prepare for new and growing asymmetric threats around the world.
Lawmakers cited the progress made by the Defense Department as a key reason for the boost.
New Laser System Allows Longer Distance Battlefield Observation
(posted: 19 January 2017)
A new directed energy laser system could allow battlefield commanders to spy on enemy activities from space, using the Earth's atmosphere
as a giant lens. The system, developed by British defence company BAE systems, uses lasers to temporarily change the Earth's atmosphere
into lens-like structures, to magnify or change the path of electromagnetic waves such as light and radio signals.
New Laser Type Demonstrated
(posted: 17 January 2017)
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated the world's first laser based on an unconventional wave physics
phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The new lasers could be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications.
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