DoD Officials Discuss Framework for Advancing Directed Energy Weapons


Captured by a special camera, a laser beam, invisible to the naked eye, shoots across the dark expanse of the David Taylor Model Basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, MD, May 23, 2019 (photo by Leonard Pieton, Navy).

Posted: August 17, 2020

The Defense Department is developing directed energy weapons — high-powered lasers and microwaves — in concert with industry in a way designed to achieve optimal outcomes.

Two DoD officials discussed the importance of developing an efficient and effective modular open system architecture, or MOSA, at the Booz Allen Hamilton-sponsored Directed Energy Series: Chris Behre, the lead for directed energy, MOSA in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and technical director of the Surface Navy Laser Weapon System Portfolio for Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Dahlgren Division and Dr. Sean Ross,  the deputy High Energy Laser Technical Area lead and prototyping liaison for the Air Force Research Laboratory.


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