Fourteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium
14-18 November 2011 La Jolla, California

Co-Sponsored by the
Office of Naval Research

The Fourteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium provides a forum for the exchange of technical and programmatic information in fields related to directed energy sources, directed energy effects, and the development, testing and fielding of directed energy weapons and related technologies. The Symposium was attended by a wide range of specialists including: researchers, managers, policy makers, and executives from government institutions (DoD, DoE and other national laboratories, program offices, the intelligence community, etc.), industry, academia, and other scientific and engineering institutions. Discussions focused on the current status and the future of directed energy technology in scientific research and program efforts.
Sunset in LaJolla
Photo Courtesy Jon Sullivan and Ace Clip Art & Free Photos
Note that for the first time, webcasting was available for parts of the Annual Symposium.


  • Invited and contributed technical presentations
  • Public, limited and classified sessions
  • Short courses
  • Distinguished plenary speakers
    • Rear Admiral Mathias W. Winter, Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
    • Captain Douglas Borrebach, Deputy Director, Resources and Requirements, JIEDDO
    • Dr. Jennifer C. Ricklin, Chief Technologist for the Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Dr. David Hardy, Director, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Evening receptions
  • Installation of new DEPS Fellows
  • Introduction of new DEPS Directors
  • Poster presentations
  • Commercial, Government and Academic Exhibits
  • Tours & Demonstrations
  • Student sessions
  • Directed Energy Effects Committee meeting
  • Co-located Directed Energy Education Workshop


The detailed agenda is available here in PDF format. Changes did occur in the program.

Location & Accommodations

The 2011 Directed Energy Symposium events were held at the Hilton Torrey Pines. Located in San Diego's North County, the seaside community of La Jolla is a short 12-mile drive from the San Diego airport.


Available for the first time, several portions of the Annual Symposium were webcast. Webcasting was synchronous, that is, available only in real time. Only open, public release presentations were webcast.

Student Session

There was a Student Session at the 2011 Annual Symposium. The purpose of this session, beyond just the communication of research results to interested Symposium attendees, was to permit students to make presentations in a presumably less daunting environment. A student presenter could choose to make the same presentation in the student session as well as in a general Symposium session. For those students, participation in the Student Session serves as a final dry run; with the session scheduled early in the Symposium.


During this year's Annual Symposium, General Atomics offered a tour of the Predator Factory in Poway, California. Participants viewed the integrated factory that produces the Predator family of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, seeing the assembly and test facilities for the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-1C Grey Eagle, and MQ-9 Reaper. Participants also saw the ground support centers in fabrication. . The tour was limited to 25 persons per tour time and was offered for Thursday afternoon (1330-1700) and Friday morning (0830-1200) to accommodate the symposium schedule. Bus transportation was provided.


The Annual Directed Energy Symposium will produce multiple sets of proceedings as needed to cover the various classificaiton and distribution requirements of the submissions. Unclassified proceedings will automatically be sent to all registrants except those who indicate they do not wish to receive them. Limited distribution and classified proceedings will be available from AFRL. All proceedings will be available after publication from the DEPS Online Store.

Symposium Contacts

Symposium Chair:    
Mr. Mike Deitchman (703) 696-5116
Symposium Co-Chair:    
Mr. John Albertine (410) 571-6772
Technical Chair:    
Ms. Sarwat Chappell (703) 696-4224
Technical Co-chair:    
Ms. Peggy Conner (703) 696-2510
Program Committee:    
Dr. Roger McGinnis (703) 696-0553
Mr. Peter Morrison (703) 696-0553
Mr. Quentin Saulter (703) 851-9061
Mr. Adam Zimet (703) 696-2094
Technical Program Support    
David Loomis (303) 674-7028
Symposium Coordinator    
Cynnamon Spain (505) 998-4910
Registration and Payments    
Tiffany Bjelke (505) 998-4910

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