ON-Lion Letter
In May, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington, D.C., hosted a congressional conference on directed-energy weapons systems.  These laser weapons promise to transform military operations.

At the conference, CSBA president Andrew Krepinevich and senior fellows Tom Ehrhard and Barry Watts discussed the findings of their January study Near-Term Prospects for Battlefield Directed-Energy Weapons.  They identified the most-compelling near-term stimuli for laser systems, explored planning scenarios and operational concepts, and assessed the prospects for fielding operational laser weapons within 10 years.  Following their presentation, a panel of experts from the U.S. military services weighed in with additional perspectives.

U.S. Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio, the ranking member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and a member of the Readiness Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee, sponsored the event.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports CSBA.
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