AFRL NM Releases Latest Economic Impact Numbers

The Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico unveiled new numbers that show its impact to the State of New Mexico's economy. The study, done by the University of New Mexico's Institute for Policy, Evaluation and Research, shows that AFRL had a total economic impact of $659 Million in FY 2016. It also shows that AFRL NM supports more than 4,100 jobs in New Mexico. The full report can be found here

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Maui Plays an Important Role in Nation's Defense

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) site celebrated 50 years of operation in 2016. The site, home to the Department of Defense’s largest electro-optical telescope, opened in late 1966 as the Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Midcourse Optical Observatory Station at a time when the Air Force relied on radar as the main method of space surveillance.

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AFRL Scientists Attend National Conference

Directorate scientist 1st Lt Daniel Gum discusses high power electromagnetic technology with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.

Directorate scientist 1st Lt Daniel Gum discusses high power electromagnetic technology with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.

Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate scientists 2nd Lt Gideon Powers, Jeremy McConaha, and 1st Lt Daniel Gum at the 2017 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference

Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate scientists 2nd Lt Gideon Powers, Jeremy McConaha, and 1st Lt Daniel Gum at the 2017 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference

Local Air Force Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate scientists 1st Lt. Daniel Gum, 2nd Lt. Gideon Powers, and Jeremy McConaha are attending the Air Force Association Air, Space, and Cyber Conference this week in order to discuss high power electromagnetic technology with the conference attendees.

The conference, which includes senior leaders from the Air Force is being held starting September 18, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Conference attendees include Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. The AFA is a premier event for defense and aerospace professionals from across the globe and allows attendees to participate in forums and listen to speechs from many sectors of the Air Force.

The Kirtland Air Force Base employees also attended the AFA Air Force’s 70th Birthday Reception on the evening of Monday, September 18.

AFRL engineer develops satellite technology

By Jeanne Dailey

A little girl’s curiosity has carried her into a career working on satellite technology as an adult.

Space systems engineer Millay Petersen has worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory on Kirtland Air Force Base for the past 12 years, supporting both the Space Vehicles and Directed Energy Directorates.

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Albuquerque Journal--Air Force lab at forefront of microwave, laser defense efforts

By Kevin Robinson-Avila / Journal Staff Writer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque has packed one hell of a punch into some of the most-advanced microwave defense systems on the planet.

The lab, at Kirtland Air Force Base, has managed to jam a full gigawatt of concentrated electromagnetic power into a an armored truck. That’s about one billion times the power of an average home microwave oven, allowing the vehicle, dubbed the MaxPower System, to instantly destroy improvised explosive devices as it cruises through battle zones.

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