Welcome to the Center for Directed Energy

AFIT has been at the forefront of DoD-directed research, education, and innovation since the Air Force first envisioned using high energy lasers and high power microwaves as weapon systems.


The Center for Directed Energy (CDE) was established as a cross-disciplinary center to conduct sponsored research which would influence the evolution of directed energy. CDE focuses on Research, Education, Innovation, and Collaboration.


Research: CDE research is focused on solving DoD research problems related to directed energy technologies and DoD applications. The center develops models and software that are used primarily for educating, consulting, and advising.

Education: CDE is focused on educating the next generation of Directed Energy (DE) professionals. Pre-service and in-service short courses are offered with an emphasis on research to support education. In conjunction with the graduate school and the Engineering Physics Department, CDE offers rigorous academic programs in the DE associated technologies. Additionally, CDE offers unique co-op and internship opportunities that challenge participants to expand their knowledge and apply it to related real-world scenarios.

Innovation: CDE contributes to the DoD directed energy community through robust research solutions and delivery of software addressing critical DoD needs related to directed energy. CDE researches many areas that will enable or influence new sources of laser power, including chemical, gas, and solid state lasers with advanced active tracking and adaptive optics capabilities.

Collaboration: CDE develops Modeling and Simulation products for researchers and war fighters through collaboration with a diverse group of partners in the DoD and directed energy communities. One of CDE's major contributions is the development of software (HELEEOS and LEEDR) to more accurately model atmospheric effects on directed energy propagation.

How to Register for CDE Short Courses

CDE short courses are scheduled on a group interest basis, or held at the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) conferences. CDE does not have a set offering schedule, this allows the instructor to tailor the course to the specific groups.

  • Courses require a minimum of 10 registrants
  • Courses are generally  one full day or two half days
  • Training officers work with CDE to fund the course
  • Courses can be held at AFIT, or instructors can travel to the registrants
  • Cost of the course is generally between $8,000- $12,000 for the group
  • Distance Learning short courses are an option

Guidance to attend or set up short courses:

Do you have a group that is interested in a particular short course and would like to set up a small group course? Contact Sara Topp.

Do you want to attend a short course given at the DEPS Symposium? visit the DEPS website to check the short course schedule, or contact the Director of Communications and Education for DEPS, Cristina Crowson (Cristina@deps.org)


Laser Weapons Systems Short Course (LWSSC)

Atmospheric Effects Short Course

HELEEOS Short Course

Beam Control for Lasers Systems Short Course

Fiber Lasers Short Course

Optics Short Course

DPAL Short Course




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