House authorizers want DOD to be more laser-focused

Protection against directed-energy weapons should be a priority for the Defense Department at all levels of development, according to the House Armed Services Committee.

In the chairman’s mark of the fiscal year 2024 defense authorization bill , the committee expressed concern with adversaries’ ability to develop high-powered energy weapons that pose risks to military equipment and personnel. “These weapons can inhibit and damage critical U.S. military systems and sensors, rendering them inoperable while also causing personal harm or injury to…

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