From the devastating alien heat-ray in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds to the handheld phasers that Captain Kirk and crew wield in episodes of “Star Trek,” laser weapons have long captured the imaginations of science fiction writers, directors, and dreamers.
These concepts are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Booz Allen Hamilton engineers and scientists are helping the Department of Defense (DoD) develop and operationalize directed energy (DE) weapons. With numerous advantages that complement traditional kinetic weapons, DE has the potential to profoundly reshape the 21st century battlefield.