October 5-6, 2022 | The Sunset Room | National Harbor, MD

The 5th annual Directed Energy Symposium will provide a forum for members of the DoD, federal government, military services, research labs, industry, and academia to discuss current and future innovations in directed energy systems to enhance the warfighter’s capability in multi-domain operations.

2022 Confirmed Speakers Included:

VADM Jon Hill, USN
Missile Defense Agency

MajGen James Adams, USMC
Deputy Director, Requirements and Capability Development,
Joint Staff J8

Frank Peterkin, PhD
Senior Technologist for Directed Energy,
Naval Surface Warfare Center,
Office of Naval Research

Dr. Nicholas Morley, ST
Senior Scientist, High Power Photonics,
Directed Energy Directorate, AFRL

Christopher Lloyd, PhD
Distinguished Scientist for Laser Weapon System Lethality,
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division

Dr. Neset Akozbek, ST
Senior Research Scientist, Directed Energy Applications Technical Center,

Katie Connelly
Program Manager, DDG(X),
PEO Ships

Download the 2022 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

As the future battlefield becomes increasingly more complex and technologically advanced, the joint forces are aggressively pursuing the development of directed energy weapons to maintain relevance in the fight. DSI’s 2022 Directed Energy Symposium will explore the increasing need to develop and deploy directed energy capabilities as a complement to kinetic systems to boost the U.S.’s ability to project power and deterrence.

Directed Energy weapons have the potential to provide low cost, high capacity capabilities to defend against emerging enemy missiles threats and the rise of non-state actors utilizing commercial UAV platforms. The pace at which America’s enemies are developing these new systems and tactics will require the US to ramp up its own development of directed energy systems and move this technology from the labs to the battlefield. Directed Energy weapons have the potential to counter the advantage that emerging technologies have provided potential enemies and shift the balance back to the US Warfighter.

This year’s event will focus on the increasing need across the military services to develop and field directed energy weapons to distract, disengage, or destroy enemy missiles, ISR systems, UAS, and other threats. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to senior leadership on what each service is doing programmatically to advance DEW capabilities.

Join us at this year’s event to hear senior level speakers discuss the advantages and disadvantages, along with the successes and challenges of researching and developing directed energy systems and to interact with our panel, which will explore the vital role directed energy weapons can have in countering threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The Directed Energy Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.


Topics to be covered at the 2022 Symposium:

– Applying Directed Energy to Counter the Growing UAS Threat

– Leveraging the Power of the Electromagnetic Spectrum to Mature Directed Energy Weapons

– Developing and Implementing Directed Energy Capabilities Across the DoD

– Integrating Directed Energy Technology into the Missile Defense System

– Optimizing Directed Energy’s Integration and Interoperability in Force Structure

– Protecting and Defending U.S. National Interests with Investments in Directed Energy Systems


At our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing our Directed Energy Community.

  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

  • 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.

– 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.

– 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)