Griffin ‘extremely skeptical’ of airborne lasers for missile defense

Defense News: The Defense Department’s top technology expert now believes using airborne, directed-energy weapons for missile defense is unlikely to work, and that it’s not worth spending research and development funds on the effort.

“I’m extremely skeptical that we can put a large laser on an aircraft and use it to shoot down an adversary missile, even from fairly close,” Mike Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said Wednesday on a call arranged by the Washington Space Business Roundtable.

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