April 07, 2015

Pentagon should rethink how it develops laser guns, study says

When the Navy said last year that it had successfully fired its experimental laser gun while aboard the USS Ponce, it fed curiosity about how soon it could be before “directed energy” weapons could change how U.S. forces fight. But it also underscored something else, according to a new report: The Defense Department’s development of the technology remains uneven, decades after it began.

Those are the findings of a new study to be released Tuesday by the Center for a New American Security, an independent Washington think tank with strong ties to the current administration. “Directed-Energy Weapons: Promises and Prospects” calls for the Pentagon to establish a new joint directed-energy weapon program office to coordinate efforts and to develop a new Defense Department-wide plan for them.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.