Defense Science Board Task Force on High Energy Laser Weapons Systems Applications [open pdf - 10MB]
"Appropriately developed and applied, high-energy laser systems can become key contributors to the 21st-century arsenal. Success for directed energy requires hard and expensive work to mature the technologies, develop operational systems, and apply the capabilities operationally. In the relatively near term, the new capabilities afforded by the use of highpower lasers could improve numerous aspects of warfare from initial detection and identification of targets to battle damage assessment after their attack."
Defense Science Board Reports http://www.acq.osd.mil/dsb/reports.htm