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Directed Energy: Moving Forward

Recorded on February 13, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In recent years, technology has increasingly been viewed as a critical enabler in military operations. However, before the country spends billions of dollars on the latest technological "must have," the United States must first consider whether the technology can deliver on its promises and create the policies to ensure the technology's smooth integration into the fighting force. One technology that shows great promise for force protection and as a defensive weapon is directed energy. This event will examine some of the promises directed energy advocates make and whether the technology can really match their claims. Speakers will also discuss new and different applications for directed energy and how soon these technologies may become operational.