Seventeenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium
2-5 March 2015 Anaheim, California

This Year's Theme
DE Operations and the Warfighter

This Seventeenth 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
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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. The theme of The Seventeenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium was "DE Operations and the Warfighter".


  • Invited and contributed technical presentations
  • Public, limited and classified sessions
  • Distinguished plenary speakers
    • Keynote: Mr. Earl Wyatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capabilities
    • Rear Admiral Jim Kilby, Prospective Commander, Naval Surface Warfighting Development Center
    • Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Military Deputy, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
    • Col. Greg Dewitt; Director, Fires Capability Development & Integration Directorate, Ft Sill OK
  • Short courses
    In a departure from the past, short courses this year were offered throughout the symposium instead of solely on the preceding day.
  • Social reception
  • Installation of new DEPS Fellows
  • Introduction of new DEPS Directors
  • Poster presentations
  • Commercial, Government and Academic Exhibits
  • Tours & Demonstrations
  • Student sessions
  • Directed Energy Education Workshop

Overview Agenda
  Click here for detailed program in PDF format (211 KB).
Changes in the program did occur.

   Monday, 2 March

  • Registration desk open at 1000
  • Program begins at 1400
  • Afternoon Plenary Session
  • Evening Reception & Poster Session

   Tuesday, 3 March

  • Registration desk open at 0700
  • Morning Breakout Sessions
  • Intro to HPM Short Course
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • HPM T&E Short Course

   Wednesday, 4 March

  • Registration desk open at 0700
  • Morning Breakout Sessions
  • Intro to High Energy Laser Systems Short Course
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Tri-Service Lethality Part 1 Short Course

   Thursday, 5 March

  • Registration desk open at 0700
  • Morning Breakout Sessions (0800-1200)
  • Tri-Service Lethality Part 2 Short Course
  • DE Education Workshop (0800-1400)


The technical program of the Annual Symposium is presented in the table to the right.

Details on the presentations within each sessionis available in this Detailed Program in PDF form. Note that changes to the program did occur.

Student Session
As is traditional, the 2015 Annual Symposium included a student session chaired by a member of the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office. The purpose of this session, beyond just the communication of research results to interested Symposium attendees, is to let the JTO sample the work being pursued by students, especially those that it supports by internships or scholarships. The Student Session also permitted students to make presentations in a presumably less daunting environment. A student presenter can choose to make the same presentation in the student session as well as in a general Symposium session.

Location & Accommodations

The 2015 Annual Directed Energy Symposium was held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County located at 11999 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Garden Grove and nearby Anaheim offer many local attractions for attendees and companions.

Fees & Options ----Pre Registration----  
  Through 2 Feb Through 27 Feb On-Site Short Courses
DEPS members $860 $960 $1020 $240
Non-members $930 $1030 $1130 $240
Government employees $665 $665 $665 $240
Qualifying students * $0 $0 $0 $0

* Full time students will be admitted at no charge provided they are (1) making a presentation, or (2) U.S. citizens who agree to provide services such as operating computers in a few technical sessions. If these conditions are not met, students will be required to pay the full registration fee.

Registration fees include participation in all Symposium sessions for which the attendee qualifies; breakfast snacks, coffee breaks, and lunch from Tuesday through Thursday; the evening reception on Tuesday, and a copy of the Symposium proceedings. Registration for the Symposium also includes a complimentary one-year DEPS membership. In addition, Symposium registrants can participate in the Directed Energy Education Workshop on Thursday at no additional cost.

Short course registrations included student materials, refreshments, and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits for successful students.


Registration for this event is no longer available.

Persons requesting cancellation through 2 February will receive a full refund. Cancellations after 2 February are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after 27 February.


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 Co-Chairs:    
RADM Mathias Winter, Chief of Naval Research, ONR    
RADM Nevin Carr (Ret)    
Symposium Coordinator    
Cynnamon Spain (505) 998-4910
Registration and Payments    
Tiffany Bjelke (505) 998-4910

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