Directed Energy Systems Symposium
25-28 August 2014 Monterey, California

This Year's Theme
Pivot to the Pacific

The Directed Energy (DE) Systems Symposium focuses on systems aspects of DE in a limited-attendance environment. This ninth annual DE Systems Symposium consisted of co-located technical sessions organized by seven separate conferences, with joint technical and plenary sessions to encourage discussion outside narrow technical limits. The objective
Herrmann Hall at the Naval Postgraduate School
of this symposium was to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas and to focus on near term demonstrations of DE technology. Registrants were able to attend any session of the Symposium for just one registration fee.

The theme of this year’s DE Systems Symposium was Pivot to the Pacific. The symposium plenary and joint sessions examined the impacts of this national strategic "pivot" on the operational needs of our forces and the impact to the DE systems required to meet those operational needs. The technical conferences explored the ramifications of the pivot on DE systems and technology.

Portions of the Symposium were conducted at the Secret level, and attendance at all sessions was limited to U.S. citizens with security clearances, who are employees of the U.S. Government or its contractors.

Symposium Highlights

  • Seven co-located conferences
    • Beam Control Conference
    • Counter Directed Energy Weapons Conference
    • Directed Energy Modeling and Simulation Conference
    • Employment of Directed Energy Weapons Conference
    • High Energy Laser Lethality Conference
    • RF Directed Energy Weapons Workshop
    • DE T&E Conference
  • Short courses
  • Invited speakers
  • Unclassified and Classified technical presentations
  • Student session
  • Co-located exhibition with technical exhibits from Industry, Government, and Academia
  • Evening reception
  • Employment opportunities


An overview of the Systems Symposium agenda is provided in the table below. The detailed agenda, including presentations within sessions, is available here in PDF format. Changes to the program did occur.

Overview Agenda
Registration each morning at 0700.

   Monday, 25 August

   Tuesday, 26 August

  • Plenary Session 0800 to 1200
  • Lunch at Hyatt 1200 to 1300
  • Parallel Technical Sessions 1300 to 1700
    • Joint Employment / M&S Session (D/Open)
    • Joint T&E / Lethality Session: Counter ISR (D/Open) followed by Joint T&E / M&S Session: T&E Simulation and Analysis (D/Open)
    • Beam Control: Beam Control Systems, Experiments, and Demonstrations (D)
    • CDEW: Introduction (Secret) followed by RF and High Energy Particle Beams Hardening (Secret)
    • Employment Session (Secret) followed by Intel Session (Secret)
    • HEL Letahlity: System/Subsystem Test Results (Secret)
  • Reception 1730 to 1930

   Wednesday, 27 August

  • Parallel Technical Sessions 0800 to 1200
    • Beam Control: Characterization and Compensation (D)
    • Beam Control: Phased Arrays (D)
    • CDEW: HEL Detection and Avoidance (D/Open)
    • Employment: Operational Integration I (D)
    • HEL Lethality: Material Interaction / High Fidelity Modeling (D) followed by Target Vulnerability Assessment (Secret)
    • Intel Session (Secret)

   Wednesday, 27 August (continued)

  • Lunch at Hyatt 1200 to 1300
    • Lunch Speaker: Mr. Ron O'Rourke, Congressional Research Service
  • Parallel Technical Sessions 1300 to 1700
    • Beam Control: Models and Components (D)
    • Employment: Operational Integration II (Open)
    • CDEW: Hardened Materials and Structures I (Secret)
    • DEM&S: Physics Based Modeling & Simulation (Open/D)
    • T&E: Test Capabilities and Instrumentation (Open/D)

   Thursday, 28 August

  • Parallel Technical Sessions 0800 to 1130
    • Beam Control: Aero-Optics/Aero-Effects (D) followed by Acquisition, Pointing, and Tracking (D)
    • CDEW: Hardened Materials and Structures II (D/Open)
    • Employment: DE System Support and Employment Policy (D)
    • RFDEW Session (Secret)
    • T&E: Instrumentation (Open)
  • Lunch / Poster session 1130 to 1300
  • Wrap Up Plenary Session 1300 to 1700
  • Symposium Adjourns 1700

Location and Accommodations

Technical sessions of the Systems Symposium were held at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and at the symposium hotel, Hyatt Regency Monterey.


Registration is no longer possible for this event.

Persons requesting cancellation through 28 July will receive a full refund. Cancellations after 28 July are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after 21 August. are provided below. Authors will be notified on or before 10 July 2014 of acceptance of their paper for presentation and/or publication.


The conferences of the DE Systems Symposium will publish all presentations (and papers) that have been properly marked and released by a sponsoring government agency. To allow for the maximum distribution of the technical data, the Systems Symposium will generate five sets of proceedings covering the various combinations of Classification and Distributions (A, C, and D).

See our Online Store for these and other proceedings from previous Systems Symposia.

Symposium Contacts

Symposium Chair:
Dave Kiel
RADM Nevin Carr (Ret)
Beam Control Conference
Jim Lasche
Chris Washer (505) 239-1295
Counter Directed Energy Weapons Conference
Sylvia Dorato
Robert Cozzens (202) 767-2472
Directed Energy Modeling and Simulation Conference
Linda Lamberson
Lt. Lawrence Lee (Technical Program)
Employment of Directed Energy Weapons Conference
Dr. David Kashinski (845) 938-0184
COL Kraig Sheetz (845) 938-8611
LTC Lou Florence (845) 938-5810
High Energy Laser Lethality Conference
Robert Roybal (Chair)
Robert Ulibarri (Co-chair)
Dave Loomis (Technical Program) (303) 674-7028
RF Directed Energy Weapon Workshop
Diana Loree
Michael Lambrecht
DE T&E Conference
Patrick M. Cannon (505) 881-1003 x1200
James Keith
Woody Shortt (505) 881-1003 x1604
Student Session
Dr Harro Ackermann
Symposium Coordinator/Short Courses
Cynnamon Spain (505) 998-4910
Security Coordinator
Rhonda Peyton (505) 363-2581
Registration and Receipts
Tiffany Bjelke (505) 998-4910

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