Cyberwar - Directed Energy Workshop
29-30 April 2008 Barksdale AFB, Louisiana

In cooperation with
Eighth Air Force


Cyberspace is an important and expanding domain for military operations. Directed energy (DE) is an important and expanding technology area with many military applications. Eighth Air Force and DEPS have cooperated in staging a workshop on the applications of DE in cyberspace.

This topic is very broad as shown in the following two paragraphs, provided by Eighth Air Force.

The cyberspace domain is characterized by the use of electronics and the electromagnetic spectrum to store, modify, and exchange data via networked systems and associated physical infrastructures. Cyberspace is a domain like land, sea, air and space and it must be defended. Although we have been operating in cyberspace for a very long time - since the invention of the telegraph, radio and radar - we now conduct the full range of military operations in this domain. Just as the sea domain is characterized by water to conduct operations, and the air domain characterized by operations in and through the atmosphere, the cyber domain is characterized by use of electronic systems and the electromagnetic spectrum. This includes all energy that flows through the electromagnetic spectrum--radio waves, microwaves, x-rays, gamma rays, and directed energy. If an electronic system emits, transmits or reflects, it is operating in cyberspace, and we are there to take military action. The effects we can produce in and through cyberspace on our adversaries range from simple deterrence all the way to destruction and defeat - the full range of operational effects delivered against an adversary.

Directed energy (DE) presents unique capabilities to the warfighter, delivering viable effects and achieving the intended goals while minimizing collateral damage. The technology must be refined to produce measurable, reliable offensive action, while building native systems resilient to adversary DE attack.

Participation in this two-day workshop was by-invitation only due to space limitations. Invitees participated in breakout sessions of the Workshop.

Workshop Contacts

Workshop Co-Chairs    
Maj Gen George Harrison, USAF (ret) (404) 407-7136
Lt Col James Noetzel
Program Chairs    
Capt Jonathan Boling (318) 456-2835
David Dinwiddie (505) 846-4013
Dr. Pat Vail (505) 853-3151
Workshop Coordinator    
Cynnamon Spain (505) 998-4910

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