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 a finalist for the 2009 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. Winners will be announced at a March 17 event in Washington, D.C.

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 several 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 effects, and precision engagements with minimal collateral effects.