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Defense Primer: Directed-Energy Weapons

Both the 2022 National Defense Strategy and the House Armed Services Committee’s bipartisan Future of Defense Task Force Report have identified directed energy as a technology that could have a significant impact on U.S. national security in the years to come.

As the Department of Defense (DOD) continues to invest in directed-energy (DE) weapons. Congress may consider implications for defense authorizations, appropriations, and oversight.

  • Author(s):
  • Kelley M. Sayler
  • John R. Hoehn
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Defense Primer: Directed-Energy Weapons
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Publisher:Congressional Research Service
Published:May 18, 2023
License:Public Domain

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