"The fragility of the industrial base for directed energy is very real," says Mike Rinn, vice president and program director at The Boeing Co. Boeing is the prime contractor for the Missile Defense Agency's airborne laser, a megawatt-class chemical laser that is intended to shoot down ballistic missiles from a modified Boeing 747 aircraft. If the Defense Department gives up on the airborne laser, companies speculate it would delay directed energy weapons programs such as tactical lasers, some of which are just reaching fruition.
Uncertain Future Grace V Jean National Defense; Mar 2009; 93, 664; Docstoc pg. 22 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Furthe
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