AFRL holds directed energy/kinetic energy wargaming experiment

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate hosted a collaborative wargame with its sister AFRL unit, the Munitions Directorate, at Kirtland AFB, Jan. 24-28, 2022. The Directed Energy and Kinetic Energy Directed Energy Utility Concept Experiment, or DEKE DEUCE, explored synergies between directed energy and kinetic concepts in the future battlespace.

“DEKE DEUCE required extensive collaboration between dozens of scientists and engineers from both directorates over a period of more than nine months,” said Dr. Darl Lewis, the DEUCE lead and wargaming principal investigator. “The Office of Naval Research also collaborated extensively in the lead-up to playing their Elektra battle management concept alongside those of AFRL.”

DEKE DEUCE placed pilots, weapon systems officers and air battle managers in a series of virtual vignettes exploring mission sets that relate to the combined use of DE and KE systems, tying together previous studies and analysis focused on an airborne high energy laser pod and two future kinetic concepts.

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