2016 Speakers:

 Ronald O'Rourke
Ronald O'Rourke
Specialist In Navy Affairs
Congressional Research Service
Rear Admiral Massimo Annati (Retd.)
Chairman of the European Working Group on Non-Lethal Weapons
Italian Navy
Royal Navy
Flag Officer
Maritime Capabilities
Royal Navy
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Paul Shattuck
Director, Directed Energy Systems
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.
Fumio Wani
Senior Staff Officer
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

Developing the Technology and CONOPS to Bring Directed Energy to the Battlefield

With the groundbreaking testing of a Laser Weapons System aboard the USS Ponce and the Royal Navy looking to build on this before the end of the decade, directed energy systems have never been closer to becoming integrated as fully operational military systems. 

The potential for the capabilities of the armed forces to block enemy electronics and communications, protect convoys in high risk zones, and protect critical land, naval and airborne assets is crucial in preparing for future threats, and is quickly becoming incorporated into the vision of nations with active programmes. Active denial systems and other non-lethal DES applications for police and civil enforcement remains a controversial topic, whilst also seeing vast investment and research in the area.

Challenges surrounding  power supply, size and weight remain elemental in the research and development stage, whilst  ruggedisation remains a key inhibitor to real-world deployment. 

With unrivalled international participation, Directed Energy Systems 2016 is the perfect opportunity for you to engage with the world’s premier DES authorities.

Directed Energy Systems 2016 will allow you to:

  • Gain the latest information on new technologies including high energy laser systems, active denial systems, engine stoppers and dazzlers
  • Hear from key military thought leaders about their vision for the adoption of DES into their existing capabilities
  • Debate with your international peers and colleagues how to best integrate DES and how you can mitigate future challenges
  • Identify the challenges faced by military personnel testing laser systems in real-world theatres and incorporate this knowledge in your own future force development and product progression


"Technically engaged speakers – Very good!"Hanspeter Kaufmann, Senior Manager, Research, RUAG
"Positive to see trends and current projects" Michael Harper, ONR Global, USA
"Overall a good mix of people, very valuable." Head of C-IED Programmes, Rafael

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