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America’s Future Battle Network Is Key to Multidomain Defense

When Americans think about military power, they often associate our wars with iconic commanders like Grant, Eisenhower, Nimitz, and Doolittle. They may also think about the famous weapons that helped win them:      the P-51 Mustang fighter, the Essex-class aircraft carriers…

Air Force Looking Into DE Weapon Prototypes for Counter-Cruise Missile Experiment

The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office is exploring fieldable prototypes of directed-energy (DE) weapon systems that can participate in an anticipated demonstration for counter-cruise missile airbase defense. The office released a notice on Federal Business Opportunities today requesting information from the Pentagon, other government agencies, and industry on high-energy lasers or high-powered

Navy Rolling Out First Laser-Based Air Defense Weapon

The Navy recently announced that the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance system, or HELIOS, will be seeing its first action onboard the Pearl Harbor-based USS Preble. The destroyer will be outfitted with the weapon system in 2021 to counter unmanned aerial systems and other surface craft. Down the road, the HELIOS could