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U.S. Navy Funding Lasers, Killing Railgun
(posted: 14 February 2018)

The U.S. Navy is seeking nearly $300 million in research for a family of laser weapons for the fleet. The 2019 budget provides zero funding for the railgun. More.

U.S. Army Could get Laser for SHORAD in Under 5 Years
(posted: 14 February 2018)

The U.S. Army is going to assess the possibility of putting a 50-kilowatt laser onto its short-range air defense, or SHORAD, objective solution in less than five years, according to the serviceís fiscal 2019 budget justification documents released 12 February. More.

Mansell, Merritt, Shattuck New DEPS Fellows
(posted: 13 February 2018)

Dr. Justin Mansell, Dr. Paul Merritt, and Mr. Paul Shattuck are the newest candidates to be invested as Fellows of the Directed Energy Professional Society for their extensive contributions and distinguished service to the DE community. More.

Army to Optimize HEL Lethality
(posted: 13 February 2018)

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command is developing the 100-kW High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) to address counter-RAM requirements. In FY22, the HEL TVD will demonstrate target acquisition, tracking, aimpoint selection and maintenance, to defeat selected rocket, artillery and mortar threats. More.

Manke Receives Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award
(posted: 8 February 2018)

Dr. Gerald Manke II, a Senior Program Scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, received a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award at the Pentagon for his nationally-recognized leadership in lasers. More.

General Atomics Awarded Navy Contract for High Energy Density Capacitors
(posted: 2 February 2018)

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy through the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) to develop advanced, high energy density capacitors for use in High Power Microwave (HPM) systems. More.

Navy Orders Laser Weapon Systems from Lockheed Martin
(posted: 30 January 2018)

Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the Surface Navy Laser Weapon System. Two systems were ordered, one to be installed for testing on the USS Arleigh Burke, and the other to be used for land-based testing. More.

Microwave on Deck Could Down Drones
(posted: 29 January 2018)

Defense contractor BAE Systems is developing a High Powered Microwave deck-mounted array, designed to target incoming air or surface targets with microwave radiation, disrupting their electronics and rendering them useless. More.

Scientists Achieve High Power with New Smaller Laser
(posted: 29 January 2018)

An international team of scientists has produced the first high-powered, randomly polarised laser beam with a "Q switch" laser, which typically emits pulses of light so brief that they're measured in nanoseconds. More.

DOD Research and Engineering Nominee Pledges to Advance DE
(posted: 23 January 2018)

Michael Griffin, nominated for Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, made a pledge to advance DE Weapons programs during a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting this week. More.

Craig Robin Interviewed on DE and C4ISR
(posted: 23 January 2018)

C4ISRNET talked through some implications of directed energy with Dr. Craig A. Robin, the new senior research scientist for directed energy applications at Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. More.

Peterkin Joins General Atomics as Director of Albuquerque Operations
(posted: 15 January 2018)

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has announced that Dr. Robert Peterkin joined the organization as director of Operations for the organizationís new Albuquerque, New Mexico office. More.

LPD Portland Will Host ONR Laser Weapon Demonstrator
(posted: 11 January 2018)

Amphibious warship Portland (LPD-27) was tapped by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to host a laser weapon technology demonstration, a laser system that is considered a next-generation follow-on to the Laser Weapon System (LaWS). More.

Registration Opens for 2018 Directed Enegy Summit
(posted: 11 January 2018)

Registration has opened for the 2018 Directed Energy Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C. on 21-22 March. The schedule for the DEPS Directed Energy to D.C. Exhibition, also in D.C. during that week, is coordinated with the schedule of the Summit. More.

U.S. Navy Accelerating Laser Weapon System Deployment
(posted: 9 January 2018)

The U.S. Navy is accelerating efforts to place laser weapon systems on guided missile destroyers. More.

Marines Size Up Laser Weapons
(posted: 8 January 2018)

For the Marines to employ laser weapons, the technologies must be as efficient and as small as possible, says Jeff Tomczak, deputy director of the Science & Technology (S&T) Division at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. More.

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