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The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate develops high-energy lasers, high-power microwaves, and other directed energy technologies for the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense . The Directorate is also involved with advanced optics and imaging technologies to improve the nation’s ability to precisely project these directed energies at the speed of light anywhere, at any time and with graduated intensity.

A key organization on Kirtland Air Force Base , New Mexico, the Directed Energy Directorate has more than 800 people (including in-house contractors) and operates with an annual budget of more than $300 million.

The Directed Energy Directorate is one of 10 similarly-sized subordinate units that comprise Air Force Research Laboratory, the Department of Defense’s largest laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base , Ohio. With approximately 6,000 military and civilian employees at nine bases throughout the United States, Air Force Research Laboratory is responsible for research and technology development in support of the Air Force's future and existing aerospace and space weapons systems.

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KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Tests involving the Airborne Laser’s beam control technologies, using a modified NKC-135E aircraft, are underway at an Air Force Research Laboratory hangar here. Follow-on tests are slated later this month at the laboratory’s facilities on White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.
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KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A student employee, Erik S. Woessner, was awarded an Air Force Civilian Achievement Medal today (March 13) at a small ceremony witnessed by coworkers and family. The award reflected Woessner’s volunteer community efforts.
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Develop, integrate, and transition science and technology for directed energy to include high power microwaves, lasers, adaptive optics, imaging, and effects to assure the preeminence of the United States in air and space.

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