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Nov. 14, 2019

Air Force Takes Lasers, Microwave Weapons for a Spin at Army’s MFIX

A recent set of experiments with laser and microwave weapons in Oklahoma is shaping how the Air Force moves forward with its plan to protect bases from drones using directed energy. Five systems participated in the Air Force portion of the Maneuver and Fires Integrated Experiment, an Army-run demonstration at Fort Sill, Okla., that ran from Oct. 15 to Nov. 6.

Oct. 29, 2019

Directed Energy Weapons Move Closer to Prime Time

The US military has doubled its spending on directed energy weapons over the past two years, and the investment is bearing fruit. Earlier this month, the Air Force successfully tested five prototype systems and is preparing to deploy at least two of them overseas by the end of 2020.

Oct. 25, 2019

Air Force Research Laboratory Hosts Directed Energy Futures 2060 Summit

The Directed Energy Futures Summit, held on Oct. 16, was led by Dr. Richard Joseph, Air Force Chief Scientist, to chart a course for the future of Directed Energy (DE) technologies.

Oct. 24, 2019

Do microwave cones have a place in the counterdrone zone?

With a cone pointed at the sky extending from an uncannily familiar barrel, the form factor of the microwave weapon was unmistakable. The Time Integrated Gigawatt Electromagnetic Response, or TIGER, developed by Leidos, made its public debut at the 2019 meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. Melding the stylistic choices of a 1950s sci-fi reel with color schemes and lived reality of the forever war, Leidos bills the TIGER as part of a balanced counterdrone diet.

Oct. 21, 2019

Navy ’20-something’ Civilians Develop Power Solution for Electric Weapons Aboard Warships

Burg was among six Navy junior engineers and scientists who interacted with Sailors over the course of seven days last spring to see how the ship’s power was monitored, distributed, and controlled at sea. Along the way, they sought answers to one follow-on question after another: how much power is available aboard ships with directed energy weapons? How much power will be required? What can done to resolve power gaps for electric weapons?

Oct. 15, 2019

Non-Lethal Weapons? Will Marines ever use this capability?

I used to believe that a question had an obvious answer. The United States military is the world’s most feared and lethal fighting force with the Marines being among the most aggressive warriors within that force. Beyond crowd control during peacekeeping in lieu of (ILO) operations, considering the tactical employability of non-lethal weapons (NLW) as a young combat arms officer seemed irrelevant and impractical. As a tank officer, and more recently as an acquisitions program manager, I spent the majority of my career enhancing the lethality of the Corps. Given the importance of strengthening warfighting capabilities with limited time and resources, the significance of NLW, even for kinetic and potentially lethal operations, was not immediately intuitive. However, once I moved beyond conceptualizing NLW as essential equipment for only Marine Security Guards and military police, it did not take long for me to understand their utility, relevance, and importance across the spectrum of conflict.

Oct. 11, 2019

JBSA partners with UTSA, Southwest Research Institute to address Electromagnetic Defense Strategy

Joint Base San Antonio, along with research partners from the National Security Collaboration Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Southwest Research Institute, had their inaugural Domestic Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, or DEMSO, Working Group meeting Sept. 27.

Oct. 2, 2019

Navy, Marines express interest in ‘stackable’ modular offensive grenades for the future

The Crane, Ind.-based Naval Surface Warfare Center issued a request for information about the modular grenades last month, along with several other early-stage procurement notices about several flash-bang grenade variants. The Marine Corps also has expressed interest in the stacking grenades. The notices come as the military looks to expand its nonlethal-weapons capabilities for a complex, modern battlefield, where troops might encounter more low-intensity conflict scenarios or situations in which civilians and enemy combatants are intermixed.

Sept. 27, 2019

A new tool in China's kit of repression

Hong Kong’s democracy protesters may be in for a nasty surprise in the coming months. The mainland Chinese have reportedly designed a sonic weapon that can selectively target individuals or groups in a crowd of demonstrators, leaving them unable to control muscle movement and render them easy pickings for riot police to round up.

Sept. 26, 2019

British Royal Navy’s Second Sea Lord Visits NSWC Dahlgren Division

U.K. Royal Navy Second Sea Lord Vice Adm. Nicholas Hine and his delegation were briefed by Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) subject matter experts on programs and capabilities that included the NSWCDD Innovation Lab (I-Lab), digitalization of the U.S. Navy, high velocity tactical development, and directed energy weapons such as the high energy laser, electromagnetic railgun and hyper-velocity projectile.

Sept. 26, 2019

CNO's Surface Warfare Division Director Briefed on Directed Energy at Dahlgren

Rear Adm. Eugene 'Gene' Black, Surface Warfare Division director at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, visited Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Sept. 6.

Sept. 23, 2019

AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate welcomes new director

A new leader has taken the helm at the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate, as Dr. Michael Gregg officially assumed the role of director on Sept. 3, 2019.

Sept. 23, 2019

Air Force creates futuristic fighters

Technology around the world is constantly improving, which influences the Air Force to keep up with these new developments by innovating and finding ways to effectively train Airmen.

Aug. 25, 2019

‘Innovation’ Word Of The Day For Air Force

The Air Force Research Laboratory Tech Engagement Office honored AFRL scientists and engineers who are moving technology out of the laboratory into industry for commercialization purposes.

Aug. 24, 2019

Pentagon’s Non-Lethal Weapons Office Pushing Gray-Zone Warfare Tools

The Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate is hoping to reframe the talk about non-lethal weapons amid a push by the Defense Department to boost lethality for high-end warfare. The office’s director, Marine Corps Col. Wendell Leimbach, instead wants to talk about capability gaps in an era of gray zone warfare with Russia and China and where “intermediate force capabilities” – an umbrella term that also includes non-lethal weapons – would give American forces a better chance to compete.

Aug. 23, 2019

Combat Support Training Exercise prepares Army Reserve units to be self-sustaining in tactical objectives

“Get down! Get away from the gate!” yelled Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Nitendra Prasad, Platoon Sergeant, 645th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, Las Vegas, Nevada. A group of Civilians on the Battlefield arrived at a Central Receiving Shipping Point yard, an area where fuel, equipment and supplies are stored, at Tactical Training Area Independence. They were hungry and thirsty. “Food and water, food and water,” the civilians demanded. The Soldiers at the entry control point stood their ground unsure of who was in the crowd. Prasad stated that the unit had intelligence two days prior that there may be suicide bombers in the area and due to that potential threat, Soldiers used extreme caution as they approached the civilians and maintained a safe distance.

Aug. 13, 2019

Naval Information Warfare Centers Win Seven 'Top Scientists, Engineers' Awards

The Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) Research, Development, and Acquisition (RD&A) Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Awards, recognizes scientists and engineers who have made significant contributions immediately recognizable by the research, development, acquisition, test and evaluation community, as well as senior leadership within the Department of the Navy. This year’s awards, presented during a June 28 ceremony at the Pentagon and hosted by Allison Stiller, principal civilian deputy, ASN RD&A, recognized the outstanding and significant contributions of both centers.

July 29, 2019

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Sees Fleet’s Future at Dahlgren’s Laser Lethality Lab

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Max Shuman faced a half dozen Navy officer and civilian engineers while reflecting on lessons learned as his internship concluded at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD).

June 19, 2019

Services Report Progress on Directed Energy Programs

With promises to reduce cost per shot and provide unlimited magazines, each of the services are betting their directed energy technology can give them an edge on the battlefield. The Navy, Air Force, Army and other organizations all have ongoing programs and are reporting progress.

June 19, 2019

Marine Corps at the forefront for ground-based lasers

A drone-killing, directed energy weapon prototype is now in the hands of Marines. The Compact Laser Weapons System—or CLaWS—is the first ground-based laser approved by the Department of Defense for use by warfighters on the ground.