The Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate is the Department of the Air Force's Center of Expertise for directed energy and optical technologies. Located at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, the Directorate develops and transitions technologies in four core technical competencies: laser systems, high power electromagnetics, weapons modeling and simulation, and directed energy and electro-optics for space superiority.
AFRL pioneered the first and only megawatt-class airborne laser, and is a world leader in ground-based space imaging using adaptive optics with a 3.5-meter telescope in New Mexico, and a 3.6-meter telescope in Hawaii. The Directorate is transitioning game-changing counter-electronics and laser system technologies to the warfighter.
Speed of light to the fight by 2020.
Dr. Kelly Hammett, Director
AFRL is the Air Force's only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. We trace our roots to the vision of airpower pioneers who understood science as key to air supremacy. The passionate commitment of AFRL people to realize this vision has helped create the world's best air, space and cyberspace force.
We fight today's fight and envision and create the future Air Force.
AFRL ANSI Guide 2018
• Air Force Office of Scientific Research
• Aerospace Systems
• Human Effectiveness
• Directed Energy
• Materials & Manufacturing
• Space Vehicles