Leading the way to Operational Directed Energy
Directed energy systems continue to show great promise but widespread adoption remains elusive. Though there are an exciting number of working systems, challenges remain with requirements for safe power storage, ruggedisation and miniaturisation, whilst there are still questions as to where DE will fit in with existing arsenals.
As Militaries worldwide look to reduce their spending, it has never been more important to realise the potential of directed energy systems – nor has there been a better opportunity to do so. Directed energy offers the chance for efficient, deep magazine capabilities that can deliver the long term savings needed whilst simultaneously enhancing defence capability. From non-lethal high power microwaves to drone busting high energy lasers, it is essential that you stay abreast of developments at Directed Energy Systems 2014.
Directed Energy Systems 2014 is an unmissable chance to meet the world’s leading experts from military, civil, and research backgrounds, allowing you to:
- Expand your understanding of existing and near-future technologies such as high energy laser C-RAM systems, counter-DE capability, and non-lethal options.
- Make lasting impressions on the people that count, including Mike Rinn, VP of Directed Energy at Boeing, Dr Robert Stark, Head of High Frequency and Pulsed Power at Diehl BGT Defence, and Rear Admiral (ret’d) Massimo Annatti, Chair of the European Working Group on Non-Lethal Weapons.
- Participate in round table discussions that will address the most important issues facing you today. Featured topics will include: will dedicated platforms be required for DE; is the 100kW benchmark still appropriate; defining the line between lethal, less-lethal, and non-lethal; and how can we overcome negative public opinion of DE systems?
- Take part in two completely unique workshops. The first will explore the potential threat of directed energy terrorism. Led by Yael Shahar from the Institute of Counter Terrorism, learn about the organisations considered to be a credible threat and the attraction of directed energy weapons. Participants will then form teams and plan their own attack in order to demonstrate the current gaps in directed energy defence. This workshop is not to be missed!
- Our second workshop will take you through every step necessary to build a DE system from scratch before pitting teams against each other to design one in just half an hour! Led by Dr J Douglas Beason who has just stepped down as the Chief Scientist at Air Force Space Command, this highly interactive session will leave participants with a complete understanding of every element of a directed energy system - the full details are now available, so register your place now!
With unrivalled international participation, Directed Energy Systems 2014 is the perfect opportunity for you to engage with the world’s premier DES authorities. Don’t stand idly by – download the draft agenda and register your place now to help make 2014 the year directed energy goes mainstream.
Venue & Accommodation
Grand Connaught Rooms
61 - 65 Great Queen Street
WC2B 5DA, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)20 7405 7811
Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 1851
Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have put together a HotelMap that displays discounted accommodation for hotels in the area near to Grand Connaught Rooms. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel: http://www.HotelMap.com/M3A7E
The agenda is available as PDf under downloads at the right side of the page.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Mike Rinn, Vice President and Programme Manager, Directed Energy Systems, Boeing
- Dr J Douglas Beason, Former Chief Scientist and DE Expert, Air Force Space Command
- Professor Andrey Ionin, Chief Scientist and Head of Gas Lasers Lab, Lebedev Physical Institute
- Ms Yael Shahar, Director of the Database Project, Institute for Counter Terrorism
- Dr Michael von Salisch, Senior Scientist, Special Laser Applications, French-German Research Institute of St. Louis (ISL)
- Dr Rüdiger Schmitt, Senior Scientist, Laser Applications, French-German Research Institute of St. Louis (ISL)
- Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Massimo Annati, Chairman, European Working Group on Non-Lethal Weapons
- Confirmed Representative, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
- Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Vice President Marketing and Product Management, Rheinmetall
- Dr Robert Stark, Head of High Frequency and Pulsed Power Technology, Diehl BGT
- Dr Prasad R Akkapeddi, Science and Technology Advisor, Asymmetric Warfare Office, Threats and Solutions Division, United States Department of Defense
- Confirmed Representatives, QinetiQ
- Dr Michael Cathcart, Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Dr Sjef Orbons, Former Senior Researcher at the Netherlands MoD, Independent Expert
- Professor Konstantinos Kontis, Sir Henry Mechan Chair of Engineering, The University of Glasgow, School of Engineering
- Dr Michael Colvard, Director of the UIC DEMRT, University of Illinois
- Dr Libor Palíšek, Scientist, VTUPV Vyškov