OF COURSE, AT THIS RATE THERE MAY NOT BE MUCH OF A BATTLEFIELD BY THE TIME IT GETS THERE: Laser Truck Inches Closer to Iraq Battlefield: Exclusive First Look.

In an attempt to shore up its safe havens in the war zone, the Pentagon asked Boeing a year ago to develop a preliminary design for a system that could control a laser beam—but not just any laser beam. This one would come mounted on a truck that could defeat a persistent surprise threat from above. And this week the defense contractor delivered, bringing the Army one step closer to getting what can only be described as a laser truck—one capable of disabling incoming rounds.

No doubt it will find employment somewhere, however.