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Airborne Laser (ABL): Issues for Congress [Updated November 15, 2006]   [open pdf - 83KB]

"The United States has pursued a variety of ballistic missile defense concepts and programs over the past fifty years. Since the 1970s, some attention has focused on directed energy weapons, such as high-powered lasers for missile defense. Today, the Airborne Laser (ABL) program is the furthest advanced of these directed energy weapons and remains the subject of some technical and program debate. The Department of Defense (DOD) has been a strong advocate for the ABL and its predecessor programs. The Defense Department and most missile defense advocates argue that the ABL, which is designed to shoot down attacking ballistic missiles within the first few minutes of their launch, is a necessary component of any broader U.S. ballistic missile defense system. Congress has largely supported the Administration's ABL program. [...] This report examines the ABL program and budget status. [...] This report does not provide a detailed technical assessment of the ABL program (see CRS Report RL30185, 'The Airborne Laser Anti-Missile Program'). This report may be updated as necessary."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL32123
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2006-11-15
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