The U.S. Department of Defense high energy laser program has been in existence for almost two decades with a cumulative research and development investment through 1981 of the order of $1.5 billion. The Department of Defense continues to recognize the potential of laser weapons and is continuing to support aggressively technology development. The history of program development, the current status, and the future prospects will be discussed.

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