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Directed Energy Summit

25 June, 2018 - 27 June, 2018, Washington, DC, United States

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Delivering Technological Overmatch to the Multi-Domain Battlefield

Future weapons, including directed energy weapons have been in the Research & Development phase for the past several years. As the US armed forces, continue to develop and innovate in order to achieve battlefield overmatch and superiority, the Directed Energy weapon systems are making their way form the R&D phase to DoD and Military programs as the next step before acquisition and force integration.

Over the three-day summit we will examine the latest DE advancements, initiatives and plans regarding technology, acquisition and service roadmaps. This venue will bring together thought leaders, acquisition executives, industry solution providers, and academia in order to tackle some of the challenges that face this community in the near, mid, and far term fight. We will look to gain insight and lessons learned from warfighter perspectives on the operational challenges and requirements of DES that will influence the capabilities of this game-changing technology.

Topics we'll cover in the main conference include:

  • DoD and MIlitary Roadmap For Directed Energy Systems
  • Operational Challenges and Advantages of DES for the 21st Century Warfighter
  • Implementing HEL DES Into the SHORAD Strategy to counter Group 1 UASs
  • Advancements in Power Re-Generation, Storage, and Thermal Management Solutions for Directed Energy Systems
  • Directed Energy Systems Industry Panel
  • DE Systems Cross and Service Integration Panel
  • Roadmap for High Power Microwave DES Weapons Development
  • Directed Energy Employment and Safety Concerns


Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22311

Located five miles from Washington, DC and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center sits near a serene lake and botanical preserve. Enjoy world-class amenities including 55,000 sq. ft. of indoor-outdoor meeting space and the award-winning Finn & Porter restaurant. Make the hotel your home away from home as you bask in the joy and comfort of the furnishings of their comfortable rooms, conveniently equipped with WiFi access and Direct TV.

The special room rate of $169 has been established to make your reservation process easy.  Simply call 703-845-1010 and give the group name IQPC Directed Energy. You must make your reservation no later than June 3rd, 2018. For your convenience, the special rate has been extended to three days before and after the conference.

Please note: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the HotelMap link provided; this shows live availability and rates for all hotels in the area and allows you to book directly with the hotel of your choice within your budget.Workshop Day - Monday, June 25th, 2018

Main Conference Day One
- Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Main Conference Day Two - Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

Meet the speakers

  • Congressman Douglas L. Lamborn, Co-Chair, Directed Energy Caucus, U.S Congress
  • General Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Major General Wilson A. Shoffner, Commanding General, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, US Army
  • Brigadier General William Whittenberger, Jr, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs & Requirements, AFSOC, US Airforce
  • Dan Darnell, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Business Development Space and Airborne Systems, Raytheon
  • Mr. Thomas Webber, Direcor, USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center, US Army
  • Dr. Lawrence Grimes, Director, Directed Energy Joint Transition Office
  • Mr. Mr. Joseph Keelon, Program Executive, Advanced Technology Office, Missile Defense Agency
  • Dr. Donna C. Senft, Chief Scientist, Air Mobility Command, US Air Force
  • COL (R) John Haithcock, Director, Fires Battle Lab, US Army Fires Center of Excellence (FCOE)
  • Colonel Richard Haggerty, Project Manager, Instrumentation, Targets, Threat Simulators, and SOF Training Systems (PM ITTS), PEO STRI, U.S. Army
  • Scott Boyd, Director, JLaSE Joint Test, NSWC Dahlgren
  • Dr. Boris Zhdanov, Senior Scientist, US Air Force Academy
  • Dr. Michael Jirjis, Directed Energy Experimentation Lead, AF Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation, Air Foce Research Laboratory (AFRL)
  • Colonel Michael Thompson, Chief, Advanced Weapon Systems Division, ACC USAF
  • Dr. Ben Allison, Director, HEL Program, Raytheon
  • Rich Schroeder, Director, Business Operations, EaglePicher Technologies
  • William Bray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research Development, Test and Evaluation, US Navy


Event details

25 June, 2018
27 June, 2018
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
District Of Columbia
United States


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