As the military moves away from the COIN focused fight, and prepares for a more conventional near-peer adversary it is important that we lead the charge in defense innovation and development. With defense spending on the rise and technical advancements in power generation, thermal management, and HEL laser beam quality and control the time to bring Directed Energy Systems (DES) to the warfighter has arrived.
Over the three-day summit we will look at what has changed in regards to DE advancements over the last year regarding technology, acquisition and joint service roadmaps. This venue will bring together thought leaders, acquisition executives, industry solution providers, and academia in order to tackle some of the challenges that face this community in the near, mid, and far term fight. We will also take a deep dive into policy and operational considerations for the development and employment of these next generation weapons and how we can best transition from R&D to operational success when the technology is demonstrated. Finally we will look to gain insight from warfighter perspectives on the operational challenges and requirements of DES that will influence the capabilities of this game-changing technology and make it more valuable to the future fight.