Congress OKs more money, gets serious about laser weapons in defense bill

The 2017 defense bill signed by President Obama authorized roughly $328 million for the development and procurement of laser weapons.

The 2017 defense bill signed by President Obama authorized roughly $328 million for the development and procurement of laser weapons. That's a 51 percent increase from 2016 spending levels. Lawmakers cited the progress made by the Defense Department as a key reason for the boost.
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