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Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
Directed Energy Systems 2012: Joseph Skaja USAF
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  1. Headquarters Air Combat Command Directed Energy Systems Col Joseph “Haiji” Skaja Chief, Combat Enabler Division USAF, ACC/A8I 21 – 23 Feb 2012 This Briefing is: UNCLASSIFIED
  2. UNCLASSIFIED Overview• Threat• ACC Core Functions – DE Needs• Priorities – Development• Desirements – Warfighter• Challenges – Operational• Strategy – Transition Capability• Bringing it all together UNCLASSIFIED
  3. Impact of Red UNCLASSIFIED Threat vs Blue Capability DE Limiting Factors Requirements Capabilities at Risk IADS Advocacy Precision Engagement Passive/Active Sensors SAM & Aircraft C2 Technology Solutions INS GPS C4ISR/Doctrine Long Range Acquisition CID Layered T&E TTPs Effects/Capability C4ISR RED Air Superiority Threat Warning (AOC) Electronic Attack Data Link Passive/Active Sensors Sensors A2AD TTPs LO Protection Directed Energy NEAR – MID – FAR TERM Threat Warning Ground / Air LEL & HEL EW Jamming Communications Chaff/Flare LADAR TTPs LOUNCLASSIFIED
  4. Improved Blue Capability UNCLASSIFIED to Red Threat DE Limiting Factors Requirements DE Solutions? IADS Advocacy Precision Engagement Passive/Active Sensors SAM & Aircraft C2 Technology Solutions IR Sensors Long Range CID C4ISR/Doctrine Long Range Acquisition Weapons Hardening Layered T&E Effects/Capability C4ISR RED Air Superiority Laser Communications Electronic Attack Stand-Off LADAR Passive/Active Sensors Next Generation Sensors A2AD LO Protection Directed Energy NEAR – MID – FAR TERM Laser Threat Warning Ground / Air LEL & HEL Aircrew Laser Eye Protection Communications Aircraft Sensor Hardening LADAR HEL for Aircraft DefenseUNCLASSIFIED
  5. UNCLASSIFIED ACC Core Functions Lead the Discovery, Development & Delivery of Directed Energy Survivable Survivable Survivable Survivable SurvivableAdvanced Sensors Advanced Sensors Advanced Sensors Advanced Sensors Advanced Sensors Target Defeat Target Defeat Threat Warning Dynamic Network Combat ID Data Transfer Data Transfer Data Collection LPI/LPD Situational Awareness Combat ID Persistent ISR Data Transfer Lethal / Non-Lethal Laser Communications IR/LADAR/CID Threat Warning Aircrew/Sensor Protection Munitions Hardening Aircraft Defense Non-Kinetic Counter Electronic UNCLASSIFIED
  6. UNCLASSIFIED Priorities – DE Development• CSAF’s Vector: “Capitalize on improvements in Directed Energy by moving out of the lab with lethal and non- lethal, ultra precise, low collateral damage General Norton A. Schwartz; Aug 2010 Vector Survivability Situational Lethality Technology Programs (kinetic & Awareness Readiness non-kinetic Cost Threat Combat Offensive Size, Weight Warning ID / Defensive & Power Tech Freeze Advanced Dates Sensors Integration on Sensor / System Defeat Airborne Platforms of Concept of Hardening Targets Interest Operations Laser Defeat Threat Communications Defeat Surface Relevant Risk Sensors Demonstrations Network Targets Sharing Requirements Defeat Threat Missiles Meet Developing DE Strategy Core Function Needs UNCLASSIFIED
  7. UNCLASSIFIED Warfighter Desirements Military Useful All Aspect Auto-Aimpoint Ranges Short Dwell PredictiveForm-Fit-Function Times AvoidanceShort Duty Cycle Auto-Retargeting Ultra-Precise Deep Magazine RM&S Cost Effective Significant Research and Development gains have made “art of possible” very doable! UNCLASSIFIED
  8. UNCLASSIFIED Directed Energy Challenges - Key Areas of Interest - Requires DE Strategy - Timing Critical - Fiscal Constraints - Must Cooperate - Must Do All - Game Changing - Intelligently Mature - Near/Mid/Far TermUNCLASSIFIED
  9. UNCLASSIFIED Operational Challenges CAMPAIGN Red/Blue Losses Logistics MISSION TECHNOLOGY MODELING SWaP Modeling Testing Simulation Integration Analysis LoAC BomberPOLICY Legal Fighter AIRCRAFT Approval RPA Materials Weather Thermal Line of Sight EFFECTS Jitter Kill Chain Winds PROPAGATION Detect/Track Dwell BDA UNCLASSIFIED
  10. UNCLASSIFIED Development Challenges SOURCE COIL Slab/Fiber Gas (DPALS) PROPAGATION EFFECTS MODELS Materials Wave Optic Fluence Code Thermal HELEEOS Mechanical DALE Aero-Mechanical Adaptive Optics BEAM AERO-OPTICS Aero-Optics Wavefront CONTROL/FIRE Flow Control Jitter CONTROLUNCLASSIFIED
  11. UNCLASSIFIED Strategy LASER HPM 2012 2014 2025 CHAMP DLWS LASER/HPM Transition TIME TO MARKET 2025 2025+ TECH TECH TECH Bomber sized Fighter sized MATURITY MATURITY MATURITY Aircraft Aircraft Military Utility - Design - Design - Efficiency - Size - Laser Power - Pulse Power - Power - Effects - Weight - Field of Regard - Antenna - Beam Control - Military Utility - Power - Low Observable - Pointing - Software - Slant Range - Aperture - Duty Cycle - Demo - Cooling - Pointing - ATP - Aperture Size - Power - Modeling - Integration - Targets - Precision - Tech Readiness - LADAR - Counter Sensor - RM&S - Combat ID - Thermal LoadUNCLASSIFIED
  12. UNCLASSIFIED Bu$ine$$ Ca$e• Better technology is just not enough • Funding Challenges • Recapitalization VS Modernization • Many competing technologies for limited $$$$ Generic Chart for Example• We Must: • Demonstrate a significant leap in capability or cost effectiveness • Retain evolutionary development• How do we do that? • Modeling, simulation and analysis – give the quantitative results • Wargames – showcase the capability and provide qualitative results UNCLASSIFIED
  13. UNCLASSIFIED Bringing It All Together• Developing DE weapons/systems are a DoD priority• Provide laboratories with clear prioritized ACC vision• Develop concepts for intelligent technology integration• Ensure DE meets offensive/defensive requirements• Leverage joint community effort• Keep senior leaders informed• Demonstrate relevant effects• Can’t afford to fall behind• Ensure fiscal constraint We are Not DE Zealots but Warfighter Advocates! Directed Energy Must Offer a Compelling Argument! UNCLASSIFIED
  14. UNCLASSIFIED Summary• Threat• ACC Core Functions – DE Needs• Priorities – Development• Desirements – Warfighter• Challenges – Operational• Strategy – Transition Capability• Bringing it all together UNCLASSIFIED
  15. UNCLASSIFIEDBackupUNCLASSIFIED

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