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Future-Proofing Defense

Photonics Spectra
May 2001
The military wants to move beyond incremental upgrades of weapons systems. Instead, planners hope to skip ahead by at least one generation of technology, largely with photonics.

Dan Drollette, Senior Editor

The new political administration wants to transform America's defense structure from a Cold War fighting force into a high-tech, futuristic military. But deciding which weapons programs will receive a boost in funding and which a cut – and then following through – will take months of additional wrangling inside Washington's Beltway. Said one long-time Pentagon watcher: "If anyone says to you that they know what will happen, they're a liar…

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