Inside the Pentagon - June 15, 2017

Pentagon's top weapons tester to begin analyzing directed-energy systems

June 14, 2017 |
Justin Doubleday
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The Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation will begin analyzing directed-energy weapon systems next year, budget documents show. The operational test and evaluation budget request for fiscal year 2018 includes $6 million "to fund generation of preliminary data and and analysis of selected Directed Energy Laser Weapons Systems (DWS) characteristics, to include their delivery accuracy, reliability, and damage effects on the targets of interest," budget justification documents state. Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness, a DOT&E spokesman, said the office does...

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