Air Force laser weapons expert to speak at Military Technologies Conference

Jan. 1, 2005
BOSTON - The Military Technologies Conference, March 15-16, at the Hyatt Regency in Boston will feature Dr.

BOSTON - The Military Technologies Conference, March 15-16, at the Hyatt Regency in Boston will feature Dr. Roy Hamil, technical advisor, Laser Division at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., who will discuss the problems and challenges his team is looking to solve as they move forward with laser weapons programs for the Department of Defense.

The Military Technologies Conference, sponsored by Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine, highlights business opportunities and technological solutions in three modules - Command and Control: Sensor Fusion, Transformational Communications, and Directed-Energy Weapons.

Dr. Hamil is leading the Directed-Energy Weapons module.

Other speakers in this module include Dr. Bryce Sampson, vice president, business development at Nufern, on Fiber lasers: An Emerging High-Power Laser Technology for Military Directed-Energy Applications, and a speaker from Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., who will speak on thermal management issues.

Leading the Command and Control: Sensor Fusion module is Dr. Paul Phister, air and space strategic planner at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, Rome, N.Y.

Also highlighting this module are John Johnson, vice president of advanced development programs, Northrop Grumman Corp., who will speak on how to blend, make sense of, and present the information from sensors and other sources of information; and Roger Joel, vice president of sales and marketing, Octec LTD., who will be speaking on the latest solutions for combining information real-time video tracking and forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensors for sensor fusion and command and control.

Speakers in the Transformational Communications module include Bruce Fette, chief scientist, Communication Networks/General Dynamics C4 Systems who will speak on spectrum utilization and cognitive radio; Paul Ekman, director, JTRS Solutions and Band Engineering, Rockwell Collins, who will discuss software defined radio and waveforms; Manual Uhm, DSP marketing manager at Xilinx Inc., who will present on the advantages of FPGAs for Software Defined Radio; Reese Bovard, director, application engineering services, Spectrum Signal Processing, who will speak on the application of SCA 3.0 in advanced MILSATCOM applications; and Ric VanderMeulen, director of ViaSat’s Government Broadband Group will speak discuss TCP/IP for Satellite Communications.

The Military Technologies Conference, which details the hottest and most promising technologies that will make military transformation a reality, is for program managers, engineering managers, and engineers at prime defense contractors as well as second- and third-tier military subcontractors.

The conference’s three modules reflect three of the most pivotal technologies for leading the U.S. military into the 21st century and for transforming it from an industrial-age to an information-age force.

Module 1, Command and Control: Sensor Fusion, is about the technological road to real-time shared situational awareness, which is the very foundation of the ability to deploy small, fast, and lethal military forces in future conflicts.

Module 2, Transformational Communications, is about the technologies involved with rapidly channeling situational awareness knowledge to the commanders who can benefit most from this knowledge.

Module 3, Directed Energy Weapons, concerns the different types of laser technology and the challenges for getting laser weapons in the hands of the warfighter.

The conference advisory board features industry heavyweights who are helping guide the conference agenda and speaker presentations. Board members include Steve Blackman of Wind River Systems; Joe Chapman of the DOD Defense Standardization Program; Eric Gullickson of Venture Development Corp.; Roy Keeler of Radstone Technology Corp.; Jerry Krasner of Embedded Market Forecasters; Michael O’Connor of Nufern; Greg Saunders, director of the U.S. Defense Standardization Program Office; Dave Strobel of Space Micro Inc.; and Manual Uhm of Xilinx.

The Military Technologies Conferences charts the technological roadmap of the U.S. military’s transformation to a more rapidly deployable and responsive force, is a revamping and overhaul of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Show. Its content is based on extensive industry research to provide attendees precisely what they need in a technical conference.

Presentations geared specifically for program managers, engineering managers, and engineers at first- second- and third-tier defense contractors who need to understand the programs, opportunities, and enabling technologies involved with military transformation.

“The Military Technologies Conference is a new view on force transformation from a technological perspective,” explains Dave Janoff, senior vice president of the PennWell Corp. Communications and Optoelectronics Group in Nashua, N.H.

“It is organized to specifically inform the military, engineering, and manufacturing communities, and provide them with accurate and up-to-date information from all levels of the supply chain,” Janoff says.

“The Military Technologies Conference is a technological roadmap to transformation,” says Ron Mastro, publisher of Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine. “It will translate planning for transformation into concrete technologies employing integrated electronic and optoelectronic systems that will be necessary to make transformation a reality.”

For more information on attending the Military Technologies Conference, contact conference manager Allison Foster by phone at 918-831-9443, by e-mail at [email protected], or visit

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