Fifteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium
26-30 November 2012 Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Fifteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium provided 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
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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.


  • Invited and contributed technical presentations
  • Public, limited and classified sessions
  • Short courses
  • Distinguished plenary speakers
  • Social reception
  • Installation of new DEPS Fellows
  • Introduction of new DEPS Directors
  • Poster presentations
  • Commercial, Government and Academic Exhibits
  • Tours & Demonstrations
  • Student sessions
  • Webcast of short courses, plenary session and technical sessions
  • Co-locatedDirected Energy Education Workshop


The 2012 Annual Directed Energy Symposium was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque offers many local attractions for attendees and companions.

Overview Agenda

   Monday, 26 November

   Tuesday, 27 November

   Wednesday, 28 November

  • Morning Technical Sessions
  • Parallel Poster Sessions
  • Afternoon Technical Sessions
  • Exhibitor Reception

   Thursday, 29 November

   Friday, 30 November

  • Morning Technical Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Technical Sessions
  • DE Education Workshop
  • Symposium Adjourns


An overview of the Symposium agenda is presented in the table to the right. The detailed program, containing specific presentations within each session is available here in PDF form. Note that changes to the program did occur.


Several portions of the Annual Symposium were webcast in real time. Only open, public release presentations were webcast. Details of the presentations webcast within each session is available here in our detailed webcasting program. Note that changes to the program did occur.


DEPS and New Mexico Tech offered an evening tour of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory as part of the Annual DE Symposium.


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:    
Robert E Peterkin, AFRL (505) 846-0862
Technical Chair:    
Diana Loree, AFRL (505) 846-5261
Program Committee:    
Tim Andreadis, NRL      Keith Cartwright, SNL    Garrett Polhamus, AFRL
J. Douglas Beason, AFSPC      Brad Hoff, AFRL    David Robie, AF ACC
Jorge Beraun, AFRL      Susan Levin, JNLWD    Quentin Saulter, ONR
Michael Bernard, AFRL      Sandy Montgomery, Army SMDC    Robert Snead, Army SMDC
Tony Byers, Techflow, Inc.      Deanna Pennington, AFRL    Brian Strickland, Army SMDC
Symposium Coordinator    
Cynnamon Spain (505) 998-4910
Registration and Payments    
Tiffany Bjelke (505) 998-4910

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Last updated: 9 December 2012