Stuff I Wrote Elsewhere

On the political turbulence affecting the Airborne Laser:

A delay in a key test and a potential multi-billion dollar price tag to field a working system has members of Congress on the verge of grounding the anti-missile Airborne Laser.

With headquarters at Kirtland Air Force Base and most of the hands-on development and testing being done in California and Kansas, the laser program is the latest in a long line of efforts to develop shoot-to-kill laser weapons.

The program’s backers imagine a 747 flying high above the field of battle, ready at a moment’s notice to zap off a laser and destroy an enemy’s Scud missiles soon after they leave the ground.

According to one early Pentagon plan, a fleet of seven of the planes was to be under construction as early as next year.

But getting the laser off of its ground-based test stand and into an airplane that could eventually take it into battle has proven so difficult that members of Congress appear ready to say “enough.”

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  1. Imagine the $Bns wasted already. I wonder how much a few dozen decent diplomats would cost.



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