To address test technology shortfalls in High Energy Laser (HEL) and High Power Microwave (HPM) domains by maturing and transitioning high-risk, high-payoff directed energy test technologies for both the laboratory environment and DoD test ranges to enable capability development for full-spectrum Test and Evaluation (T&E) for Directed Energy (DE) weapon systems and U.S. systems’ vulnerability to DE threats.


Directed Energy Test Science and Technology (DET S&T) provides capabilities to support testing of high energy lasers and high powered microwave weapon systems.

A Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) emits a surge of energy capable of disabling a target such as electronics in vehicles, communications equipment or other weapons.

DET S&T is a multi-year effort sponsored by the DoD Test Resource Management Center (TRMC). Since 2005, DET S&T has been providing timely investments to mature technologies that fill both current and future critical test gaps identified by periodic tri-Service studies, Service test and evaluation reliance prioritization processes, and DoD test ranges/facilities emerging needs. DET S&T publishes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) with updated technical topics to solicit offerors or projects that address DE test technology gaps to mature Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) from a TRL3 up to a goal of TRL6.

Customers Supported include:

  • Army White Sands Missile Range – WSMR, NM
  • Air Force Research Laboratory – Fort Sam Houston, TX
  • Air Force Research Laboratory – Kirtland AFB, NM
  • Air Force 96th Test Wing – Eglin AFB, FL
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren, VA
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center – Port Hueneme, CA
  • Naval Research Laboratory – Washington, DC
  • Office of Naval Research – Arlington, VA

System Interdependencies


Program Status

  • FY15: Broad Agency Announcements and Awards

Projected Activities

  • FY16: Multiple Technology Maturation Efforts

Foreign Military Sales



  • Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
  • Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (Orlando, FL)
  • ASR Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC) (Atlanta, GA)
  • SemQuest, Inc (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Scientific Applications & Research Associates (Cypress, CA)