Continued Optical Sensor Operations in a Laser Environment
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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The U.S. and other nations are developing laser i.e., light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation applications, including High-energy Lasers HEL and Low-energy Lasers LEL. While HELs will likely have military applications in Ballistic Missile Defense BMD, Counter-Air, Counter-Space, and Counter-Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance ISR HEL applications will be slow to proliferate to many potential adversaries due to high cost and technical complexity. However, LELs will be developed as technological byproducts of HELs and commercial applications, and will rapidly proliferate, even to resource-constrained actors, due to low cost and reduced technical complexity.