Mr. Mark W. Neice

Mr. Mark W. Neice

Executive Director, Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS)

Mark Neice is the Executive Director of the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS). DEPS fosters research and development in Directed Energy, to include high-energy laser and high-power microwave technologies for national defense and civilian applications, through professional communication and education. Mr Neice is twice retired from the federal government; the last time in December 2012, after 37 years of military and civilian service. He previously retired from the US Air Force, as a Colonel, in October 2004.

Mr. Neice is formerly the Director of the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, working for the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering. There he supervised the research and development of solid-state, free electron & gas laser devices, beam control technologies, lethality analysis, and the modeling & simulation tools that create military applications of laser energy for combat operations.

Previously, Col Neice was the Chief of the Laser Division, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Lab; and Director of systems engineering & test operations for the Airborne Laser Program Office. A command pilot, Col Neice has time in the 4950th Test Wing, and as initial cadre of the Joint Stars test team. He has over 7000 flying hours, mainly in the C-135 and B-707 variants, and is a member of the DoD Acquisition career force, certified in program management; test & evaluation; systems engineering; and science & technology management.


  • 1979 - Bachelor of Science, Engineering Sciences, USAF Academy
  • 1988 - Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton
  • 1996 - Acquisition Professional Management Course, Fort Belvoir VA

Speaking: October 29 - High-Energy Electromagnetic Weapons Update