High Energy Laser Employment in Self Defense Tactics on Naval Platforms
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The U.S. Surface Navy is vulnerable to unmanned aerial vehicle and small boat swarm attack, particularly when coordinated with a multiple anti-ship cruise missile attack. Shipboard high energy lasers employed against enemy air and surface threats provide the possibility of an effective defense against swarm or numerous attacks when combined with other hard and soft kill systems. Technical constraints, however, require intelligently employing a high energy laser system in coordination with other shipboard defense systems against a heterogeneous set of threats from a coordinated attack.
Professor of Practice Jeff Kline and Dr Tom Lucas, with Dr. Paul Sanchez, LT Steven Rockwell, and LT Dustin Schultz (GSOIS)