POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN FROM THE AP IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
This report sounds dramatic, as it was intended to by the American forces supplying the press releases.
It is simply propaganda for the military-industrial complex.
Interestingly, key bits of information are left out.
Why? Because they would be embarrassing.
This "weapon," as it exists, is regarded as militarily insignificant even by Mr. Gates of the Pentagon.
It must be quite close to its target, a situation unlikely ever to happen in the real world.
Its target must be a slow take-off, liquid-fuel missile.
A modern solid-fuel missile cannot be stopped by this clunky gadget.
There are also many countermeasures which can be taken. I believe, for instance, that the person who has commented that a mirror-coating on a missile renders the laser useless against it is correct.
Anyway, can you imagine keeping a fleet of these clunky machines in the air at all times? Of course not.