Day 2

08:30 AM - 08:50 AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE

08:50 AM - 09:00 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

09:00 AM - 09:40 AM DEFINING THE VALUE PROPOSITION FOR DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS

Mark Gunzinger, Senior Fellow, US Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
  • The importance of defining the future role of DES, and how to communicate this to senior decision makers
  • How DES provide solutions to gaps in current conventional capability, both in terms of effect on target and in terms of logistical simplicity
  • Why DES are simply the next logical step in EW, and should be thought of as such when determining if and how they should deployed

Mark Gunzinger

Senior Fellow
US Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

09:40 AM - 10:20 AM TESTING THE LATEST IN DES TECHNOLOGY: FROM THE FIRING RANGE TO THE BATTLEFIELD

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  • An overview of how the US is conducting tests of Directed Energy Systems, from safety precautions to the targets/mission parameters utilized
  • How DES tests differ from conventional testing, and why this is both a blessing and hindrance when developing this technology
  • What conclusions have been drawn from DES testing so far in terms of battlefield reliability, safety etc.

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM THE POWER OF HIGH-POWERED MICROWAVES: WINNING THE BATTLES AND MINIMIZING HARM

Mary Lou Robinson, Division Chief of High Power Electromagnetics, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Using systems such as the Active Denial System and the Counter-electronics High Powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, American forces are potentially able to eliminate threats from crowds, or harmful electronics, while saving civilian lives
  • Non-lethal weapons used on the battlefield can disperse enemy combatants, as well as limit the enemy’s use of technology
  • One option to eliminate enemy command and control is the CHAMP system. It uses high-peak power microwaves. The peak power lasts for less than half the time it takes to blink, but can disable or destroy electronic circuitry in that short time


Mary Lou Robinson

Division Chief of High Power Electromagnetics
Air Force Research Laboratory

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM HOW DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS WILL FORM A VITAL PART OF FINLAND’S COUNTER UAS ARSENAL

Esa Lappi, Senior Technical Officer, Defence Command Finland
  • The effectiveness of DES in a combat environment and the lessons that Finland has learned from the Eastern Ukraine conflict
  • What is the difference in capability required to counter UAS’ that are used only in a target acquisition role (identifying targets which are then destroyed by rockets/artillery) and UCAVs with a ground strike capability
  • What are the limits to the role that DES can have in engaging the UAS and the rockets/projectiles subsequently launched by the adversary?


Esa Lappi

Senior Technical Officer
Defence Command Finland

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM THE APPLICATIONS OF NON-LETHAL DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Sjef Orbons, Senior Scientist, Police Academy of The Netherlands
  • Directed energy technology for law enforcement is reaching a decisive point for future applications
  • How developments in microwave/sonic technology mean that directed energy weapons usage for law enforcement is feasible and achievable
  • How the widespread introduction of non-lethal DES will transform policing and crowd control in general

Sjef Orbons

Senior Scientist
Police Academy of The Netherlands

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM THE RESULTS OF KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES’ R&D INTO DIRECTED ENERGY

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  • An overview of the results of Kawasaki’s final-phase test of their laser system
  • How the laser will form an important component in Japan’s GBAD network, and why its ability to engage high-volume attacks is so critical
  • The challenges faced by Kawasaki in this system’s development, and what other project leaders could learn from their solutions

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM HOW MICROWAVES IN A GBAD AND ANTI-UAS ROLE REPRESENT AN ALTERNATIVE TO BOTH CONVENTIONAL MUNITIONS AND LASERS

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  • When it comes to GBAD, there has been much focus on laser systems, however there are convincing arguments to be made for the employment of microwave systems in this role
  • Microwaves also have applicability when targeting infrastructure in the form of microwave “cruise missiles” which have the capacity to disrupt and destroy electronic devices
  • Microwaves also offset many of the safety and ruggedness concerns that are inherent to lasers, whilst still providing high performance


3:20 PM - 4:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM HOW AND WHY HIGH-ENERGY LASERS CAN AND SHOULD BE INTEGRATED INTO SPACE AND SATELLITE DEFENCE PROGRAMS

Hubert Foy, Director, African Center for Science and International Security
  • An overview of laser weaponry development globally, across the services
  • What role academic institutions can play in developing technology and communicating that progress to the Armed Forces
  • Lessons in space defence development in concert with the military: What needs improving, and how?

Hubert Foy

Director
African Center for Science and International Security

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM THE ADVANTAGES OF DEW AND HIGH-VELOCITY PROJECTILES OVER CONVENTIONAL SYSTEMS IN A SPACE/HIGH-ORBIT ENVIRONMENT

Marius-Eugen Opran, Associate Professor, Romanian Space Agency
  • Lasers can be mounted on satellites in stable orbit, using sustainable solar power with essentially unlimited ammunition, no need for resupply
  • What are the performance metrics to support extreme accuracy and immediate response thus enabling split-second reactions?
  • Explanation as to the advantages of no weight considerations once the weapon is in orbit and how this allows extremely high-powered systems to be utilised

Marius-Eugen Opran

Associate Professor
Romanian Space Agency

5:20 PM - 11:59 PM CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF MAIN CONFERENCE