Senate proposes slashing directed-energy IFPC funding

By Ethan Sterenfeld, Jason Sherman / October 26, 2021 at 3:52 PM
A Senate panel has recommended a steep cut to Army plans in fiscal year 2022 to rapidly prototype and test trailer-sized directed-energy weapons, a proposal that if enacted could hobble service plans for laser and microwave protections against cruise missiles and drone swarms. The Senate Appropriations Committee in its mark of the FY-22 defense spending bill would cut more than 90% of the Army's requested funding to develop directed-energy variants of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability. The Army proposed $15...

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