U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command

February 1, 2016
By George I. Seffers
The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency work together on the General Atomics High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System, an electrically driven solid-state laser.

With every U.S. military service developing battlefield lasers, the technology is poised to deliver on a decades-old promise of a relatively inexpensive weapon with unprecedented precision. Laser weapons will serve multiple purposes, from shooting down unmanned aerial vehicles, missiles, mortars and rockets to interfering with electronics and sensors. Furthermore, they can be adjusted from merely disruptive to deadly.


Col. Jeffrey A. Farnsworth, USA, has been nominated for the rank of brigadier general and assigned as deputy commander (operations), U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.


Maj. Gen. David L. Mann, USA, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as the commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.