REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Dr. Brian Strickland, chief scientist, directed energy applications, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, has been recognized by Aviation Week magazine as a part of the Army/High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office Joint High-Power Solid State Laser program team selected as the winner of the 2010 Aviation Week magazine\'s Laureate Award in the Information Technology/Electronics category.

"It was a very rewarding experience to participate with the team that developed the first 100 kilowatt solid state laser," Strickland said. "This technology has direct applications to the Warfighter and opens up the potential for using this technology for a variety of Army missions such as counter-rockets, artillery and mortars, among other missions."

The Aviation Week magazine Laureate Awards recognize extraordinary achievements of individuals and teams in aerospace, aviation and defense.

Aviation Week revealed the individual and team winners of its 53rd Annual Laureate Awards, presented March 17 in Washington, D.C. The 2010 winners are recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments in the aerospace and defense industries.

The IT/Electronics Laureate went to Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for demonstrating that a solid-state electronic laser can exceed lethal power levels, eventually of use as defensive and offensive weapon systems.

Honored were team members Jay Marmo and Stuart McNaught of the joint high-power solid-state Phase 3 program; Mark Neice Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Brian Strickland, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

The Army believes that high energy laser weapons can be effectively employed in a variety of mission areas, providing unique or complementary capabilities to other weapon systems and resolving existing capability gaps identified by the soldier in the field. High energy laser weapons offer the unique performance capabilities of speed of light engagements of targets, scalable lethality effect, and precision engagements with minimal collateral effects.

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