The remarks came last week as part of testimony before House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, and the laser program mention isn't really an offensive weapon. The laser program will supplement "Indirect Fire Protection Capability," an awkward way to say "tools that shoot down drones, mortars, artillery, rockets, and missiles." The current program wants to do that with missiles. Israel's Iron Dome is a good example of a similar system, built to intercept cheap unguided rockets fired at cities. It's effective, at a price: a pair of interceptor missiles costs about $50,000, which is between 50 and 100 times the price of the simple rockets they're made to protect against.