November 13, 2019 | Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA 

All information below is referring to our 2018 symposium. Information for our 2019 symposium is coming soon.


2018 Speakers Included:

  • Dr. Thomas J. Karr
  • Assistant Director
  • Directed Energy
  • Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
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  • William P. Bray, SES
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary
  • Navy Research, Development, Test & Evaluation
  • Department of the Navy
  • BG Randall McIntire, USA
  • Director, Air and Missile Defense Cross Functional Team
  • US Army Futures Command
  • Keith Englander, SES
  • Director for Engineering
  • Missile Defense Agency
  • David Law
  • Technology Division Chief
  • Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
  • Dr. Sean Ross
  • AFRL Directed Energy Liaison


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Why You Should Attend This Year's Symposium:

  • The 2018 Directed Energy Symposium will provide a forum to discuss the efforts to develop and leverage DE technologies in support of U.S. national security needs and battlefield overmatch. The symposium will focus on service and DoD DE roadmaps, DE’s role in National security and the future Force, R&D initiatives, acquisition strategies, and much more.
  • Leaders across the DoD and Services have long-since recognized the value that DE can provide to the Military in both offensive and defensive capacities. The maturation of DE technologies coupled with ongoing RDT&E efforts have paved the way for the rapid development and deployment of DE capabilities across the Military Services and Federal Government
  • To fully leverage the vast amount of dollars and time already invested in DE technologies during the 20th century, the DoD and Federal Govt. must spend a proportionate amount of time structuring acquisition and funding strategies, driving technology investment, and fostering a culture of innovation to meet near and far-term DE mission needs.
  • DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our symposium's content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the directed energy community to include key policy-makers across military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.
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Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:
_________________________________________________________________________ The 2nd Annual Directed Energy Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

2018 Topics to Include:
  • - DoD & Service Roadmaps for Directed Energy Systems
  • - Understanding the Impact of DE on National Security and the Future Force
  • - Transitioning from Research and Development to Operational Use
  • - Efforts to Integrate DE Weapons Systems onto Existing Platforms
  • - DoD Plans and Initiatives with DE Based Non-Lethal Weapons
  • - Leveraging DE Technology for Improved Counter UAS Response and Defensive Posture
  • - Benefits and Challenges Associated with DE Systems for Warfighters
  • - Bolstering the Ballistic Missile Defense System Architecture with DE

At Our Symposium You Will Have the Ability to:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the Directed Energy community.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover the most up-to-date Directed Energy initiatives and technologies.
  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.
Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:
  • DSI’s Directed Energy Symposium directly supports DoD and Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.
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  • DSI’s symposium will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission. The symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.
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  • The symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.
  • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)
_____________________________________________________________________________ Participating Organizations at Last Year’s Symposium Include: __________________________________________________________________________ Booz Allen Hamilton, TechFlow, General Atomics EMS, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, Naval Research Laboratory, Raytheon, MNWL Inc., Johns Hopkins University, AECOM, Rolls Royce N America, Corvid Technologies, U.S. Army Nonlethal Scalable Effects Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, Systems Engineering Group Inc., SLAC National Acceleratory Laboratory, Dupont, Missile Defense Agency, L-3 Power Distribution ATI, Applied Research Associates Inc., Rockwell Collins, JLaSE Joint Test Joint Test & Evaluation, Honeywell, Survice Engineering, Digital Fusion Inc., U.S. Army Research Laboratory, JHU/APL, Georgia Tech Research Institute, UTC Aerospace Systems, Deloitte, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Cobham, Eaglepicher Technologies, Silatronix, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, and many more! ________________________________________________________