Developing and Deploying Directed-Energy Systems to Meet National Security Needs at Directed Energy Symposium

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DSI's 2nd Annual Directed Energy Symposium will provide a forum to discuss the efforts to develop and leverage DE technologies in support of U.S. national security needs and battlefield overmatch. The symposium will focus on Service and DoD DE roadmaps, DE’s role in National security and the future Force, R&D initiatives, acquisition and funding updates, and much more.

Alexandria, VA, September 12, 2018 --( Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Directed Energy Symposium, occurring this November 15, 2018, at the Mary M Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA. This one-day event will convene the most respected minds across the Directed Energy community for an exploration of the efforts to develop and leverage DE systems, weapons, and technologies in support of U.S. national security needs and battlefield overmatch.

The Directed Energy Day Symposium will provide attendees an opportunity to meet, learn from, & network with government leaders, decision-makers, technology solution providers, and key members of the DE Community. Discussions will be led by senior-level speakers, and provide a viewpoint on rapidly evolving DE policy, technology development, funding requirements, acquisition strategies, and what these changes mean for direct energy’s role in the future force.

This year's agenda is comprised of 8 unique and collaborative sessions with a focus on this year's theme of "Developing and Deploying Directed-Energy Systems to Meet National Security Needs,” to include:

- Deploying and Utilizing Directed Energy Weapons in Support of National Security Needs
Speaker: Dr. Thomas J. Karr, Assistant Director of Defense for Directed Energy, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

- Driving Naval Directed Energy R&D for Future Integration Across the Fleet Force
Speaker: William P. Bray, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Navy Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Department of the Navy

- Transforming Today’s Ballistic Missile Defense System through the Integration of Directed Energy
Speaker: Keith Englander, SES, Director for Engineering, Missile Defense Agency

- Army S&T Efforts to Support Improved DE Lethality
Speaker: Michael Holthe, Director for Lethality, ASA(ALT)/ODASA Research & Technology

- Panel Discussion: Non-Lethal Directed Energy Initiatives and Efforts for Improved Homeland Defense
Panel Moderator: David Law, Technology Division Chief, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate

- Applying Directed Energy Weaponry onto USAF Platforms for Improved Distributed Lethality
Speaker: Col Michael E. Thompson, Chief, Advanced Weapons Systems Division, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force

Seating is limited –
In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Early Registration has now begun. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and state personnel attend complimentary. Those interested in participating in the Directed Energy Day Symposium can visit Defense Strategies Institute's website at

This symposium also offers several distinct opportunities for a few organizations to demonstrate their technologies or solutions that address the symposium subject matter, or to partake in a thought leadership role. For more information on exhibit & sponsorship opportunities, contact Monica McKenzie at

Anyone interested in learning more or sending questions contact Morgan Colfax at, 201-266-0058.

**Summit is closed to press / No Recordings**

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