Tag Archives: directed energy

Mark Esper’s Memo Outlines DoD Priorities in Support of National Defense Strategy

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, said in a memo that the Pentagon’s $740B budget request for fiscal year 2021 would advance weapons modernization, support service members and strengthen alliances in support of the “irreversible implementation of the National Defense Strategy,” Military Times reported Tuesday.

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Marine Corps to Test New Military Ground-Based Laser Weapon

The U.S. Marine Corps received the first laser weapon approved by the Department of Defense for ground operations. Marines will test and evaluate the Compact Laser Weapons System that works to counter unmanned aerial systems. The service said Wednesday DoD plans to deploy CLaWS across the military as a component to a larger system used to counter drones.

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Navy Eyes Late 2019 for Fielding New Laser Weapons

The U.S. Navy plans to bring new high-power laser weapons and a non-lethal laser dazzler to the field later in 2019 to conduct operational testing aboard ships. The project is part of the Navy Laser Family of Systems, USNI News reported Thursday. NLFoS include the Solid State Laser-Technology Maturation system, the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance, and the Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy.

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