Past event: Directed Energy Symposium

Enhancing Directed Energy Capabilities for National Security

The 3rd Directed Energy Symposium will address the increasing need across the military to develop offensive and defensive directed energy capabilities. With emerging threats from near-peer competitors as well as continued operations against non-state actors, the need for directed energy capabilities will only continue to increase. These systems have the potential to stop a future hypersonic or ballistic missile attack or counter swarms of enemy drones, as the future battlefield becomes more technologically advanced.

Topics to be covered at the 2019 Summit:

  • Rapidly Fielding Army Directed Energy Systems
  • Enhancing US Missile Defense Capabilities through Directed Energy
  • Advancing USMC Command and Control Architectures
  • Applying DE to counter enemy UAV threats
  • Providing Power and Energy Systems to Integrate Directed Energy Weapons into Naval Ships
  • The Role of Directed Energy Weapons in Future Mega City and Urban Environments
  • Conducting Planetary Defense and Exploration with Directed Energy Systems

Why You Should Attend This Summit:

The 2019 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. As the global climate shifts back towards a great power competition, new and advanced weapons systems will need to be rapidly developed and fielded to provide the United States a continued advantage over its potential enemies.

With countries advancing their development of hypersonic and other advanced missiles to avoid existing defense systems the US needs to develop new ways to protect its assets from attack. Directed Energy weapons have the potential to provide a low cost, high capacity capabilities to defend against these emerging threats. Along with advanced missiles Directed Energy systems also have the ability to counter enemy UAVs. As UAV technology becomes established and cheaper more threats can cheaply field fleets of theses systems. Directed Energy offers the US an option besides expensive missiles to destroy these UAVs and deter their future use.

As the battlefield of the 21st century and beyond continue to evolve and new technology is introduced at a rapid pace the US will need to continue to advance its capabilities. Directed Energy Systems have the potential to bolster US warfighter dominance across any future battlefield.

Our team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summit's content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the directed energy community to include key policy-makers across military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision-makers and solution providers.

At our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the Directed Energy community.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover the most up-to-date Directed Energy initiatives and technologies.
  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.

Participating organizations at last year's Summit:

II-VI Optical Systems, SURVICE Engineering Company, Selex Galileo Inc., Robert Sawyer,RK Solution Enterprises, LLC, NWL, Inc., Georgia Tech Research Institute, HRL Laboratories, Corning, Booz Allen Hamilton, BAE Systems, Sabatech LLC, Lasertel, Inc, Corvid Technologies, Lockheed Martin, LGS Innovations, ADI Technologies, Inc, Honeywell Aerospace, Institute for Defense Analyses, LaserMaxDefense (LMD), Raytheon Company, Fiore Industries Inc, Northrop Grumman, Avascent, Boeing, Blue Residuum Space Alliances, Castle Shelter Group, DHS, ACC, Naval Research Laboratory, Dept of the Army Headquarters G-8, INSCOM, DE JTO (Joint Directed Energy Transition Office), U.S. Army Research Laboratory and many more!.

Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

Showcase the latest technology offerings and today's most innovative solutions with exhibits, product demonstrations, and luncheon receptions for the event delegation.

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

  • This Directed Energy Summit directly supports DoD and Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.
  • This Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.
  • The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.

Would you like to attend:

Ticket Prices and Registration Policy

2019 Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Craig Robin, SES, Senior Research Scientist for Directed Energy Applications, Army RCCTO
  • Dr. Shari Feth, Program Executive, Advanced Technology, Missile Defense Agency
  • COL Gary Beard, TRADOC Capability Manager, Air Defense Artillery
  • Don Kelley, Program Manager, Ground Based Air Defense, Marine Corps System Command
  • David Kiel, Director, Directed Energy Warfare Office NSWC Dahlgren Division
  • Erin Kampschroer, APM Energy Storage, Electric Ships Office (PMS 320)

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Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N Fairfax St, 22314
Alexandria, VA, USA


There is NO parking available at the Conference Center, and street parking is limited to 2 hours.

Parking is available for a fee nearby at:
Waterfront At Old Town (One block away)
226 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US
$11 Daily Max - CASH ONLY

Canal Center (Three blocks away)
44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22314
$10 Daily Max

Washington Square (Four blocks away)
652 Wythe St
Alexandria, VA 22314
$13 Daily Max

Please Note: Parking is NO LONGER AVAILABLE at the former Crowne Plaza Hotel (901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA)

Hotel Rooms:
Hotel Rooms are available at a discounted rate at:
801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Hotel Discount Reservation Link
(Two walking blocks to venue)
Event details
Organizer : DSI
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-21693