Illustration for article titled Senate to Defense Contractors: More Insane Laser Weapons, Please

In the 2009 defense authorization bill approved last week, the US Senate called for the defense industry to get serious about bringing laser weapons like Boeing's Advanced Tactical Laser system (pictured) to the battlefield. The bill allocated more funds to laser programs large and small-from green lasers used to temporarily blind individual troops called "dazzlers" to the giant ATL-like canons used to fry tanks or incoming missiles from the sky. In short: the emperor is here on visit, and he is not happy that this battle station is not yet operational. [Washington Post]

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