Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with the Department of Defense’s Science and Technology (S&T) experts in Directed Energy and Non-Lethal Weapons technologies.

During the week of 23-27 January 2023, the Directed Energy and Non-Lethal Weapons (DE & NLW) Communities of Interest (CoIs) teams are staging their Independent Research & Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meetings (TIMs). This invitation is open to all industry with IR&D and corporate investments, including large and small businesses, academia, National Labs and FFRDCs. This engagement will be held at the Phillips Conference Center, Kirtland AFB NM.

Directed Energy is an umbrella term covering technologies that relate to the production of a beam of concentrated electromagnetic energy or atomic or subatomic particles. Examples include: high-efficiency laser sources and high-power RF systems, including pulsed power sources, micro-/millimeter wave sources, and antennas. Directed energy weapons use directed energy to incapacitate, damage, or destroy enemy equipment, facilities, and/or personnel.

Today, Directed Energy weapons are being developed by the US and its adversaries for land, sea, and air and space applications. On land, this includes base defense, where DE can provide a deep magazine, long-range engagement, and low cost-per-shot against proliferated threats. Other land-based applications include clandestine target engagement using the ability of high-power microwaves to penetrate structures, invisible to the naked-eye, and damage or interrupt electronics without harming humans. On the sea, in the air, and in space DE weapons can provide platform self-defense. In a world of expanding, potential, DE military capabilities, a determination of scenarios that bound potential futures is a key input to creation of a national strategy that will shape the future to the advantage of the US and prevent our rivals and adversaries from obtaining them.


The DE & NLW CoIs contains four directed energy technology development subareas: high energy lasers (HEL), high energy RF weapons, non-lethal weapons, and bio-effects. Below are the basic descriptors and scope for each of the focus areas:


Please send your expression of interest and certified DD Form 2345 to the DE/NLW Email Inbox. Once your expression of interest is received and your DD Form 2345 is validated by our DAF IR&D planning team, you will be sent additional instructions on how to nominate your IR&D projects and corporate investments. In these instructions, we will ask you to identify the specific line items of the taxonomy that best align with the IR&D project. This will aid us in assuring we have the right Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to meet with you.

Detailed instructions for obtaining a DD2345 can be found in the Electronic Library.

If you do not hear back from the planning team within one week of your submission of interest, please resend the original email.


For planning purposes, a high level schedule of milestones is being provided. Please note dates listed are subject to change.

Note: This webpage supplements the announcement in SAM.Gov. Future postings of changes and updates will only be posted on this page; therefore, companies are encouraged to check back often.

Many thanks to you for viewing this announcement. We look forward to your favorable consideration to engage in this exciting government-industry technology dialogue! Our nation’s warfighters count on you and your innovations! Any questions should be sent to the DE/NLW Email In-Box.

Date Activity
19 Sep 2022 Project Evaluations Begin
30 Sep 2022 Project Evaluations Complete
7 Oct 2022 Invitations sent to selected companies to present at TIM
18 Nov 2022 Company Briefings Due to DAF IR&D Team
5-9 Dec 2022 Execute DE & NLW COI IR&D TIMs



1. COVID-19 – There are still uncertainties related to the pandemic that may affect the current plan to conduct this event as a face-to-face (F2F) engagement. State restrictions will be monitored closely and all health and safety protocols (masks and physical spacing) will be strictly enforced for an in-person event. Other options that may be considered include a hybrid form of F2F and virtual or one that is entirely virtual. Any updates will be posted to this page.

2. The government is not obligated to enter into a contract with any entity as results of IR&D collaborations from our dialogue. Data exchanges, as a result of these dialogue activities, follow restrictions of No Foreign Nationals (NOFORN) and International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR), and export control restrictions in accordance with Department of Defense Instruction 5230.24, Department of Defense Directive 5230.25, the Arms Export Control Act (Title 22, U.S.C., Sec 2751, et seq.), and/or the Export Administration Act of 1979 (Title 50, U.S.C., App. 2401 et seq.), as amended.

3. Government technical support contractors may be a part of the team of subject matter experts at the event; therefore, company-to-company Non-Disclosure Agreements may be necessary.

4. All unclassified company Proprietary Data and Intellectual Property will be treated as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) f.k.a. For Official Use Only. Some information we intend to share may be classified or unclassified and will not be approved for unlimited public release.


Directed Energy Futures 2060

DD Form 2345 Instructions