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Pre-Conference Workshop Day

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

08:50 AM - 09:00 AM WELCOME FROM DEFENCE IQ

09:00 AM - 12:00 PM WORKSHOP A: MAKING THE CASE FOR DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS

Mark Gunzinger, Senior Fellow, US Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Given that there is still much uncertainty surrounding Directed Energy Systems – from their capability, to the safety of their operators, it can be difficult for military personnel to make the case for their adoption. Likewise, industry personnel supplying these solutions must answer similar questions – making the case for their systems, and demonstrating how these technologies offer game-changing boosts in capability.

Led by a recognised DEW expert with a wealth of experience in making these and other cases to the US government, you will learn:

  • 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
  • How industry and military personnel can better coordinate in order to pave the way for global adoption of this technology

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Mark Gunzinger

Senior Fellow
US Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM WORKSHOP B: NON-LETHAL DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS IN A CIVILIAN ENVIRONMENT

Sjef Orbons, Senior Scientist, Police Academy of The Netherlands
Directed Energy Systems have long been an area dominated by theory, and prediction – they have rarely, if ever, been used “in anger”. This, however, is starting to change: most obviously and immediately in a non-lethal law enforcement context. We have seen in recent years the active deployment of the Active Denial System; a high-powered microwave used for crowd control.

However, whilst development of these technologies is strong, the deployment of these weapons has been
restricted, due in part to complex legislation and safety concerns.

Led by a dedicated member of the European Non-Lethal Weapon community, this workshop will explore the future of Non-Lethal Weapons by examining current capabilities and the lessons learned from previous NLW programs to establish the foundations of how NLW’s can be utilised successfully in the future.

By attending this workshop, you will:

  • Gain a Euro-centric view of a field traditionally led by the United States
  • Understand the current capabilities and requirements of Non-Lethal Weapons
  • Gain an insight into the future development of NLW’s, and the issues to be overcome in promoting their acceptance, both technically and morally.
  • Gain insight into DEW that have been used on the field, the lessons learned, and how these can be applied to other projects and programmes.

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Sjef Orbons

Senior Scientist
Police Academy of The Netherlands

4:00 PM - 11:59 PM END OF WORKSHOP DAY