Science and Technology (S&T) - Directed Energy Test (DET)



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 Department of Defense (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.

Upon verification in a DoD test range environment, S&T prototypes are transitioned to DoD test facilities to support upcoming DE tests or future follow-on test infrastructure engineering developments.  DET manages an average of 8-10 active ongoing projects and has transitioned over 60 past projects ranging from HEL onboard and remote sensors, multi-waveband imagers, and HPM non-intrusive miniaturized sensors and target boards, to various modeling and simulation tools – each with an intended transition to DoD DE test facilities.  With common Instrumentation Management Office (IMO) management and synergy within the DET S&T and TRMC T&E programs, S&T investments have also supported maturation of acquisition requirements as risk reductions, analysis of alternative candidates, and Pre-Planned Product Improvements.

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 Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (Patuxent River, MD)
  • Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division (China Lake, CA)
  • Naval Research Laboratory – Washington, DC
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren, VA
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center – Port Hueneme, CA
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center – Point Mugu, CA
  • Office of Naval Research – Arlington, VA

System Interdependencies


Program Status

  • FY18: Manage on-going projects

Projected Activities

  • FY19: Broad Agency Announcement update; address multiple technology maturation efforts
  • FY20: Award BAA offers adding new projects; address multiple technology maturation efforts

Foreign Military Sales



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