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IEEE SSIT - Operational Fielding of Directed Energy Weapons

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
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IEEE SSIT Chapters of Philadelphia Section, Northern Virginia/Washington/Baltimore Sections & Pittsburgh Section


Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: Online Webinar (link provided to registrants)


Operational Fielding of Directed Energy Weapons


Speaker: Dr. David Stoudt


Abstract:This talk will introduce a general engineering audience to Directed Energy (DE) weapon technologies and their application in modern warfare.


The Directed Energy (DE) community finds itself at a point of convergence between the state of the art of various forms of DE-weapon technology, and a growing number of emerging and asymmetric threats that those DE weapons can reasonably address in a more cost-effective manner than existing, and thus far conceived, conventional kinetic weapons. Guided rockets, artillery, mortars, and the proliferation of unmanned systems for both intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike, are a few of the many evolving threats that may be addressable by currently available DE capabilities, both high-energy lasers (HEL) and high-power microwave/radiofrequency (HPM/HPRF) systems. This emergence of addressable threats, the low cost per engagement, and a deep electrical magazine, allows for DE capabilities to reduce engagement costs and enhance force protection.


We are now operating under a new paradigm for DE weapons, where the warfighters and acquisition community need answers on how, and not if or when, DE weapons are to be used. So, this now begs the questions of: How do we operationalize DE weapons? How might such weapons be used? and What are their implications for modern warfare?



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