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Directed Energy: Issues for Congress

  • CVC-217, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

Monday, February 11, 2019
11AM-12PM
CVC 217 (Congressional Meeting Room South)
 

Dear Colleague:

Did you know that the USS Portland will soon host the Navy’s Laser Weapons System Demonstrator?

Directed energy technologies with next-generation capabilities are on our doorstep and have applications for naval and airborne power projection, boost phase missile defense, high-power microwave security technologies, and counter-UAV engagements. Some of our low-power, microwave-based non-lethal DE technologies are already deployed around the world today, and our laser-based systems are not far off; one has already served in theater onboard the USS Ponce.


We acknowledge that our nation faces increasing national security challenges each passing day. As we begin the 116th Congress, it is critical that we continue to innovate, invest and transition promising capabilities, like directed energy technologies, that have the potential to bend the cost curve and maintain our edge of technological superiority.

At the Directed Energy Caucus’s kickoff event, you will have the opportunity to engage with some of the nation’s foremost experts on the exciting DE programs within the Defense Department as they address technical and budgetary considerations for Fiscal Year 2020. This briefing will feature Dr. David Stoudt from Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. Stoudt has a deep and rich understanding of the history, technology and policy surround DE weapons development and fielding. His insights as a member of the Directed Energy Professionals Society will provide us an important baseline of understanding as we move into the 116th Congress.

Please RSVP to Jarad.Stout@mail.house.gov if you are able to attend or need more information on Directed Energy Caucus events.

Sincerely,                               

James  Langevin                     Doug Lamborn

Member of Congress              Member of Congress