Wired has a nice article of the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) by Boeing being developed for the Army. The system will eventually run a 50-60kW energy weapon, rather than the 10kW here. And controlled with an XBox controller…soon your fat game kid might be able to join the military and shoot stuff from your basement.

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Sustained 500 kv (100 kWt) laser developed by the Office of Naval Research. Unlike solid state lasers, it uses electrons from the atmosphere, so it uses less power and can be frequency tuned.