Seventh Annual Directed Energy Symposium
18-21 October 2004 Rockville, Maryland

The Seventh Annual Directed Energy Symposium brought together researchers, managers, and policy makers from government offices, DoD, DoE, and other national laboratories, program offices, the intelligence community, industry, universities, and other scientific and engineering institutions for discussions of current programs, technology efforts, and the future of Directed Energy. This annual Symposium provides a forum for the exchange of technical information in fields related to the development, testing, and fielding of High Energy Laser (HEL) and High Power Microwave (HPM) systems.

Best Paper Awards

The Best Paper Award is made annually by the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) at each Annual Directed Energy Symposium. The Awards are based on technical quality, importance to the future of Directed Energy, and clarity, as judged by a panel of experts. The Awards include a plaque and a monetary award, underwritten by Brashear LP, a DEPS sponsor.

The best paper awards for this year are:

Best HEL Paper
William McDermott of University of Denver for his paper "Progress Towards an NCl3 Fueled Iodine Laser". Coauthors were Robert Coombe, Julanna Gilbert, Zane Lambert, and Mikaila Heldt.

Best Student Paper
Mr. Matthew Lange, a student at Air Force Institute of Technology, for his paper "Electric Discharge Pumped Oxygen - Iodine Laser Kinetics." Coauthors were Greg Pitz, Brian Smith, and Glen P. Perram.


  • Invited and contributed technical papers
  • Classified and public sessions
  • Short Courses
  • Distinguished plenary speakers
  • Reception off-site
  • Banquet
  • Installation of new DEPS Fellows
  • Introduction of new DEPS Directors
  • Best Paper awards
  • Poster paper reception
  • Industrial and government exhibits
  • Companions Program

Overview Agenda

The preliminary agenda for the Symposium is shown below. The final program differed slightly from this pre-Symposium agenda.

Monday, 18 October
0800 Short Courses Begin
Continuing Education Credits (CEU) were offered for completion of these DEPS short courses.
  Detailed descriptions of these courses, as well as instructor bios, are available here.
  1. Introduction to High Power Microwave Systems
    Instructor: Dr Al Kehs, Army Research Laboratory
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  2. Propagation of High Energy Lasers in the Atmosphere
    Instructor: Dr Phil Sprangle, Naval Research Laboratory
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  3. Laser Material Effects (Limited Distribution)
    Instructor: Dr J.Thomas Schriempf, PMS 405
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  4. Modeling and Simulation of Beam Control Systems (Full Day Course)
    Instructor: Mr Bob Praus, MZA Associates Corporation
    CEUs awarded: 0.70
1200 Break for Lunch
1300 Afternoon short courses begin and full day course resumes.
  1. High Power Microwave Technologies
    Instructor: Dr Gregory Nusinovich, University of Maryland
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  2. Propagation, Interaction, and Technology of Ultrashort Laser Pulses
    Instructor: Dr Phillip Sprangle, Naval Research Laboratory
    CEUs awarded: 0.35

  3. Introduction to High Energy Laser Systems
    Instructor: Mr John Albertine, Consultant
    CEUs awarded: 0.35
1700 Short Courses Adjourn
1730 Poster Session at Doubletree Hotel
Poster Paper Reception
Tuesday, 19 October
0700 Speakers Breakfast
0800 Plenary Session (Open)
  - Introduction and Welcome, Dr John Pellegrino, ARL and Mr. Edward Duff, DEPS
  - Office of the Secretary of Defense Perspective, Dr Ronald Sega
  - Army Perspective, Mr Claude Bolton
  - Air Force Perspective, Mr. Harry Disbrow
  - MDA Perspective, Col. Ellen Pawlikowski
  - High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, Mr. Ed Pogue
1200 Lunch in Hotel Atrium
1300 Parallel Sessions
  - Prime Power / Power Conditioning (Open)
  - Program Manager Overviews (Limited Distribution)
     ABLActive Denial
     ZEUSFEL Programs
  - Ultrashort Pulse Lasers (Secret)
1700 Sessions Adjourn
Buses to the Reception begin
1730 Reception at the National Press Club - Hosted by Raytheon
Wednesday, 20 October
0700 Speakers Breakfast
0800 Parallel Sessions
  - FEL Technology (Open)
  - Round Table I: Future of DE (Limited Distribution)
  - HEL Lethality II (Secret)
1000 - Modeling and Simulation (Open)
  - Scaling FELs to High Power (Limited Distribution)
  - Beam Control (Limited Distribution)
1200 Lunch in Hotel Atrium
1300 Parallel Sessions
  - Round Table II: Future Directions of HEL Technology (Open)
  - HEL Lethality I(Limited Distribution)
  - DEW Intelligence Assessment (Secret)
1500 - Round Table III: Future Directions of HPM Technology (Open)
  - High Energy Laser Optics, Components, and Coatings (Limited Distribution)
  - Bio Effects and Non-Lethal (Secret)
1700 Sessions Adjourn
1715 Buses begin to Banquet
1730 Pre-Banquet Cocktail Hour - Hosted by Brashear LP
  Banquet at the Mellon Auditorium - Hosted by Raytheon
Thursday, 21 October
0700 Speakers Breakfast
0800 Directed Energy Education Workshop
0800 Parallel Sessions
  - Novel Directed Energy Concepts (Open)
  - Multi-Mission Relay Mirrors (Limited Distribution)
  - HPM Effects I (Secret)
1000 - Laser Sources (Open)
  - Scaling Solid State Lasers to High Power (Limited Distribution)
  - HPM Effects II (Secret)
1200 Lunch in Hotel Atrium
1300 Parallel Sessions
  - Solid State Laser Technology (Open)
  - HPM Narrow Band Technology (Limited Distribution)
  - Systems Engineering for Directed Energy Weapons I (Secret)
1500 - Laser Propagation and Adaptive Optics (Open)
  - HPM Wide Band Technology (Limited Distribution)
  - Systems Engineering for Directed Energy Weapons II (Limited Distribution)
1700 Conference Adjourns


Unclassified proceedings of the Symposium were published on CD. The proceedings include all the material that is both unclassified and available for public release. Proceedings were mailed to all attendees and are available for sale through the DEPS online store. Limited distribution proceedings were also published on CD but were mailed only to qualified attendees.

Symposium Organizing Committee

Dr. John Pellegrino, ARL, Chair of the Symposium
Captain Roger McGinnis, NAVSEA, Co-Chair (Chair of the 2005 Symposium)

Mr. Ed Duff, AFRL and DEPS President
Dr. Tim Andreadis, NRL
Dr. Al Kehs, ARL
Dr. Marc Litz, ARL
Dr. Ed Shaffer, ARL
Dr. Tom Spencer, AFRL
Dr. Peter Turchi, AFRL
Mr. John Wachs, SMDC
Dr. Gary Wood, ARL

Registration and Exhibits
Cynnamon Spain   (505) 998-4910

Short Courses
Donna Storment   (505) 998-4910

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