After a rancorous argument over missile defense, Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee voted June 16 to limit the number of missile interceptor silos in Alaska to 30, scrapping 14 more that were planned when Republicans controlled Congress and the White House. Then they voted not to increase spending on the years-late, billions-over-budget airborne laser Democrats Vote to Cut U.S. Missile Shield Spending - Defense News The Airborne Laser, a modified Boeing 747 carrying laser systems to track and destroy ballistic missiles as they are in the early stages of flight, completed another milestone... Airborne Laser test successful | Air Capital Insider | Wichita Eagle Blogs 6/18/2009 - Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. (AFNS) -- Members of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., and contractor Boeing recently successfully fired the high-power laser aboard the Advanced Tactical Laser aircraft for the first time in flight. Advanced tactical laser aircraft fires high-power laser in flight Yet, we spend money on failed attempts to bailout car companies, then banks, and tunnels for turtles, studying the habits of mice, the list is endless. However, how prudent is it to cut defense at the same time over spend in other area's when you engaged in combat operations worldwide? as well as seeing the obvious threats from powers the world over? It would appear that the Govt.would have no trouble at all funding these programs had they not been funding things that need not be funded. I'm sure the honeybee's and the promotion of bow and arrows is really important however, it's rather nonsense to tell the DoD that they are not spending well and this is not proven technology when your spending millions on turtle tunnels.