UK/US Directed Energy Workshop
12-16 June 2017 Swindon, United Kingdom

A Joint UK-US Workshop
  Hosted this Year by the MOD in the United Kingdom

Progress in the development and application of high energy laser and high power RF directed energy weapon (DEW) technologies for military missions was explored in this workshop. It extended a
Defence Academy campus at Shrivenham
series of bilateral meetings, the most recent of which was 2015 UK/US DE Workshop.

This Workshop series is specifically designed for Secret U.S. and U.K. discussions and presentations, under bilateral exchange agreements between the U.S. and U.K. governments. DEPS role is to support these exchanges, in registration, catering, badging and other logistical activities.

Participation in the UK/US DE Workshop was limited to American and British citizens with the proper visit request on file with the appropriate government offices.


  • RF DEW technical sessions
  • Laser DEW technical sessions
  • Invited plenary speakers
  • Short courses
    • Introduction to High Energy Laser Systems
    • Introduction to RF Systems
    • Atmospheric Laser Propagation
    • HPM Effects and Data Collection
    • Introduction to High Energy Laser Lethality Science
  • Exhibits
  • Social events, including Tuesday evening reception and Thursday evening Oxford excursion

Overview Agenda

A preliminary overview of the Workshop agenda is offered below. The final program varied from this overview. The program on Monday and Friday was held at the Workshop hotel.

Preliminary technical programs for the high energy laser and RF portions of the meeting are available.

Monday, 12 June
1200 On-site badging and check-in opens at hotel
1300 Short Courses
Course 1: Introduction to HEL Systems
Course 2: Introduction to RF Systems
Course 3: Atmospheric Laser Propagation
Tuesday, 13 June
0800 Coach Check-in at Marriott Hotel
0900 On-Site Reception Desk Opens
0930 Plenary Session
1200 Lunch
1300 Joint Session
1800 Reception at Marriott
Wednesday, 14 June
0800 Coach Check-in at Marriott
0900 On-Site Reception Desk Opens
Wednesday, 14 June (continued)
0930 Breakout Sessions
1250 Lunch
1335 Breakout Sessions
Thursday, 15 June
0800 Coach Check-in at Marriott
0900 On-Site Reception Desk Opens
0930 Breakout Sessions
1240 Lunch
1340 Breakout Sessions
1830 Oxford Excursion
Additional cost of $30 applies

Friday, 16 June
0800 Short Courses
Course 4: HPM Effects & Data Collection (morning)
Course 5: Introduction to HEL Lethality Science (full day)

Location & Accommodations

The workshop hotel was the Swindon Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way, Swindon, United Kingdom, telephone: +44-1793-512-121. Workshop sessions were held at the hotel and at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. Bus transportation was provided between the hotel and the off-site technical sessions.

Workshop Contacts

RF DEW Co-Chairs:    
Martin Hubbard, DSTL +44 7770-0926000
Don Shiffler, AFRL +1 505-853-3906
Laser DEW Co-Chairs:    
Kevin Burrett, DSTL + 44 7776 484246
Walter Fink, JTO +1 505-248-8200
Gillian Cooper, DSTL +44 1980-658730
Registration and DEPS Security:    
Tiffany Bjelke +1 505-998-4910
Workshop Coordinator:    
Cynnamon Spain +1 505-998-4910

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