Directed Energy Test & Evaluation Conference
2-4 August 2011 Albuquerque, New Mexico

Co-Hosted by the
International Test & Evaluation Association


Directed energy (DE) is an important and expanding technology area for the military. Taken to include High Energy Laser (HEL) and High Power Microwave (HPM) systems, DE is creating a new class of weapons. Military test and evaluation (T&E) is currently adapting to these radically new technologies. New measures, methods, and facilities are required for adequate T&E of these systems.

Photo courtesy of Jay Blackwood
and the Albuquerque CVB
The purpose of this tenth annual conference was to continue exchanging insights, experiences and ideas regarding DE T&E. As major DE systems progress through the various phases of T&E, critical questions arise regarding our ability to perform appropriate and affordable T&E. In addition, important issues regarding the vulnerability of other, more conventional systems were also of great interest to the DE T&E community. This conference provided a forum to discuss the current and future issues facing DE T&E.

Conference Highlights

  • Technical Presentations
  • Short Courses
  • Poster Papers
  • Product and Service Exhibits from Industry, Government, and Academia
  • Featured Speakers
    • Tim Andreadis, Naval Research Laboratory
    • Douglas Beason, Air Force Space Command
    • Mike Dieckhoff, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
    • Mark Neice, High Energy Laser-Joint Technology Office
    • Minh Vuong, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation
  • Panels, Luncheons, and an Evening Reception
  • DE Effects Committee Meeting
  • Classified and Unclassified Sessions


The detailed program, including specific sessions and presentations within those sessions, is available here for download.

Tour at Kirtland Air Force Base

A tour of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range (SOR) was held on Friday, 5 August. This world-class optical research facility and center for Air Force strategic optical exploration is located on a hilltop site (6,240 feet above sea level) on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Location & Accommodations

The DE T&E Conference was held at the Embassy Suites Albuquerque - Hotel & Spa, located at 1000 Woodward Pl. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102.

Event Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:    
Mr. Patrick M. Cannon 505-881-1003
Mr. Mike Bertin 505-830-7439
Technical Program Co-Chairs:    
Mr. Jeff Estep 850-882-7037
Mr. Andy Keipert 850-885-4018
Exhibits Chair:    
Mr. Bill Dallas 703-631-6226
Conference Coordinator:    
Cynnamon Spain 505-998-4910
Registration and Short Courses:    
Donna Storment 505-998-4910
Payments and Receipts:    
Tiffany Bjelke 505-998-4910

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