Congress proposes extending MDA work on potential missile-killing laser technology

By Jason Sherman / July 20, 2022 at 11:28 AM
A key congressional committee wants the Missile Defense Agency to continue developing next-generation directed-energy technology, proposing a $5 million increase to the fiscal year 2023 budget to extend work on a project with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a Diode-Pumped Alkali Laser (DPAL). The Senate Armed Services Committee, in its mark of the FY-23 defense policy bill, proposed increasing MDA’s Technology Maturation Initiative’s funding on the DPAL project. “The committee believes that additional emphasis should be placed upon the pursuit...

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