Darpa stories

You see it all the time in the movies: someone finds a pile of shredded documents proving just how evil the evil bad guys is, takes a picture, and sends it to their lame computer geek sidekick. Much clicking of mice and typing on keyboards ensues, and lo, the documents are magically reconstructed. DARPA thinks this is cool and wants to make it happen for real.
To squeeze laser into things like airplanes, we're going to have to make the weapons much smaller and more efficient than the boat-sized platforms we've got right now. DARPA is hard at work on a system called Excalibur that's small enough and powerful enough to make an aircraft like this a reality.