DEPS/AOC Directed Energy Systems Symposium
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The Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) is hosting its annual Directed Energy Systems Symposium. In 2018, DEPS is partnering with the AOC to reach the broader Electronic Warfare (EW) and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) communities. The AOC is leading a Plenary Session and organizing a series of technical and policy presentations (see AOC Call for Papers). Visit for more information.

9/24/2018 to 9/28/2018
When: Monday, September 24, 2018
Where: Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel
425 Water Street
Portsmouth, Virginia  22314
United States
Contact: Ken Miller

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The Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) is hosting its annual Directed Energy (DE) Systems Symposium.  In 2018, DEPS is partnering with the AOC to reach the broader Electronic Warfare (EW) and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) communities.  The AOC is leading a Plenary Session and organizing a series of technical and policy presentations (see AOC Call for Papers). The DE Systems Symposium focuses on systems aspects of DE in a limited-attendance environment.  

Classified overviews of systems will focus on the following:

  • Counter UAS HPM Systems- AFRL & NSWCDD
  • Mobile Counter UAS HEL Systems- SMDC
  • Navy Laser Family of Systems (NLFoS)- PEO IWS & ONR
  • Vessel Stopper Program- JNLW & NSWCDD
  • HiJENKS Program- ONR & AFRL
  • Traditional Electronic Attack Capabilities and Gaps- Association of Old Crows 

Attendance at the DE Systems Symposium and its short courses is restricted to U.S. citizens who are employees of the U.S. Government or its contractors, and who possess a minimum of a Secret personnel clearance.  Proceedings of the Symposium will be published.

To register, click here.  The link will take you to the DEPS homepage to register through their site.  DEPS will honor AOC members for its member rate.  For questions or additional information, please contact Ken Miller, AOC Director of Advocacy and Outreach, at

Call for Papers

The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is working in cooperation with the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) on their upcoming Directed Energy Systems Symposium, September 24-28, 2018, in Portsmouth, VA.  This continuing partnership provides an opportunity for the AOC to contribute technical briefings on traditional electronic attack (EA) capabilities and gaps, and how EA and Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) together are critical to achieving military advantage in the EMS.

Contributions are solicited for presentation with a primary interest in topics that support a system level view of DEW or traditional EA capabilities.  AOC is overseeing technical briefings pertaining to the six (6) topics of interest below.  If you are interested in presenting at the Directed Energy Systems Symposium, please contact Ken Miller, AOC Director of Advocacy and Outreach, at

1)      EA Capability Gaps and Solutions

EW warfighting requirements continue to evolve in their complexity to meet multi-domain battle. In 2009, an EW Capabilities Based Assessment identified 34 capability gaps that required solutions to meet the needs of the Joint Force. Following this study, the Defense Science Board (DSB) in 2014 released a report reinforcing these gaps, by identifying three comprehensive needs including Spectrum management, systems adaptation, and a shift to deliver decisive, distinguishable effects from deception through lethality. This topic will focus on the identified gaps and technologies the services required to ensure EW maintains freedom of maneuver through the EMS in support of achieving commanders' objectives.

2)      Joint EMSO Readiness and Force Sufficiency

Control of the EMS is central to all modern military operations. Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) combines both EW, including traditional electronic attack, and Spectrum management operations. In modern complex and dynamic operational scenarios a framework for electromagnetic battle management must be established, standardized, implemented, and overseen, by operationally focused personnel. Furthermore, Joint EMSO is capturing the attention of Congress with legislative and policy language in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate, including H.R. 5522, the Joint EMSO Readiness Act, which calls for new Joint Campaign Modeling Capability and a Force Sufficiency Assessment. This topic will focus on the requirements and resources necessary for electromagnetic battle management to effectively command and control military capabilities required to conduct Joint EMSO.

3)      Collaborative EW for Counter-Swarm/UAS

Cognitive and Collaborative EW is a critical component of future military conflicts. Collaborative EW infrastructure that networks military systems and platforms and provides for an adequate network protocol and cognitive processing can provide a range of effects against adversary systems including swarm tactics using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and missile systems. This topic will study the network infrastructure, cognitive processing, and real-time analysis necessary for effective collaborative EW systems to analyze, classify, communicate, and collaborate (sensor to shooter), then transmit the appropriate EW response against an incoming threat.

4)      Advanced Modulation of HPM Weapons

While the intent in employment of high power microwave weapons has historically been based upon the simple physics of catastrophic voltage coupling, modern modulation techniques provide enhanced opportunities for delivery of more sophisticated disruptive effects. Technology now in development allows for high-power microwave systems to deliver modulated energy designed to exploit vulnerabilities of IT-based targets and this intersection of specific IT vulnerabilities and high-power electromagnetic energy provides more tailorable and scalable capability options for decisive EMS fires. This topic will discuss current initiatives to employ these new techniques and the types of modulation-based effects available from their use.

5)      Battle Management for EM Fires

The contest for control of the EMS and the combat equities exposed to it is experiencing a watershed transition as sophisticated power handling technologies, sensor technologies, antenna applications, directed energy (DE)/laser applications, multispectral low-observability (MSLO) 'stealth' technologies, complex waveforms and computer networking capabilities are operationally maturing to support it. Evolution of warfighting toward force-level EMS Fires and Maneuver will occur as electromagnetic weapons and systems are coordinated via Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM) to adapt in concert. This shift will bring deep Blue Force advantages in speed, clarity, effectiveness, and lethality relative to adversaries. EMSO forces will support and provide C2 and oversight of EMS-related fires and systems via this EMBM architecture. This topic will visit developments of EMBM concepts, technology, architecture, doctrine and application.

6)      High-Power EMS Component Supply Chain

Advancing the growing portfolio of electromagnetic weapons and systems will only be possible if deliberate attention is paid to ensuring that the fundamental building blocks of these technologies remain available. The components critical to high power systems such as power amplifiers, precision optics, tailored apertures, power storage, and cooling subsystems must be deliberately maintained. This consideration includes but is not limited to sustainable production centers, requisite technical expertise, supply chain security against corruption/compromise, and basic materials sufficiency/control. This topic will discuss the state, trends and vulnerabilities of supply chains supporting the production of high-power EMS components.

Note: A special networking event will be held Wednesday morning: The poster presentation session will be supported by the six plenary system talks where attendees can interact with the system teams as well as review an estimated 60 poster presentations on near and far term technologies. Poster presentations can include basic research and other topics not directly traceable to the impact on the system, unlike the system oral presentations.

Note: all persons wishing to present at the Directed Energy Systems Symposium will be required to submit an abstract. (See Submission Instructions section below.) Important dates for presenters are listed in the table below.

Submission Instructions

General information on the submission of abstracts, presentations, papers and release forms is provided here. Presentations and papers will be considered for acceptance at Distribution Limitations A and D and at Secret levels.

Note: it is the responsibility of the lead author to obtain all approvals and releases for submitted abstracts, presentations, and papers. All submitted materials including unclassified presentations must be appropriately marked for security classification as well as identification of any distribution restrictions. Additionally, please identify the presenter (if different from the lead author) and update contact information.

If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium on any of the above topics, please first contact Ken Miller, AOC Director of Advocacy and Outreach, at  You will receive a link to enter your presentation details through the DEPS portal.  Additional information on the DEPS submission process can be found here.

Unclassified presentations must be received by 7 September 2018; papers by 14 September 2018.

All Classified and Limited Distribution presentations must be received by 7 September 2018; papers by 14 September. Please be sure and mail classified submissions in sufficient time to ensure delivery by the advertised due date.

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.
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