David Stoudt, Ph.D.

David Stoudt, Ph.D.

Senior Executive Advisor, Engineering Fellow for Directed Energy, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. David Stoudt is a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Executive Advisor and Engineering Fellow for Directed Energy based in Dahlgren, Virginia. He provides scientific and business strategy and leadership to help advance the lethality, operational suitability, and acceptance of directed energy capabilities for the warfighter.

Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, he served in the Department of the Navy (DON) for 32 years, the last 12 of which he held an executive position as the Navy’s first Distinguished Engineer for Directed Energy [ST position]. He has a proven track record of providing sound results-driven technical strategic leadership that led to the establishment of world-class directed-energy programs, personnel, and facilities at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, Virginia (NSWCDD). From 2008 through 2012, he was also the first NAVSEA Technical Authority Warrant for Directed Energy and Electric Weapon Systems, such as high-energy laser (HEL) weapon systems, the Electromagnetic Rail Gun Weapon System, high-power microwave (HPM) weapon systems, and the electromagnetic launch of weapons.

While at NSWCDD, he established and technically directed a number of HPM and HEL technology programs, including; airborne electronic attack, counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), HPM and HEL lethality efforts, and the start of the Navy’s Laser Weapon System (LaWS) that is currently deployed on the USS Ponce. He technically directed several prototype weapon development efforts to support Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) to help mitigate the impact of IEDs. These prototypes represented the first ever successful tactical employment of directed-energy weapons.

From 2011 to 2015, he was the Senior Director, Capabilities and Concepts in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Policy, and stood up a new organization within the DON Secretariat that was chartered to assess naval programs, technology development and warfighting concepts, and analyze their implications for future naval capabilities. As the Senior Director, he initiated and served as the Executive Secretary for the Naval Directed Energy Steering Group, which was chartered by the Under Secretary of the Navy to develop the DON Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap for Naval directed-energy weapons. He also initiated the establishment of, and served as the Executive Secretary for, both the Navy Non-Acoustic Anti-Submarine Warfare Steering Group and the Naval Space Board, chartered by the Under Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of the Navy, respectively.

Among other honors, he was awarded the Navy Distinguished, Superior, and multiple Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, as well as the Naval Sea Systems Command Scientist of the Year Award. He received a B.S. (Summa Cum Laude), M.S., and Doctor of Philosophy, all in Electrical Engineering, from Old Dominion University. In 2018, Dr. Stoudt was elected to the Board of Directors, and serves as the President, of the Directed Energy Professional Society.

Speaking: November 28 - "High Energy Warfighting Applications"