Then please reread my last post.Kyler wrote: I can't understand how it went from lasers to the philosophical understanding of the idea of victory.
Given the infancy of these weapons and their application, the whole concept of military and political objectives will need to be revisited, which by definition means how do you define victory?
How about for example, handicapping an industrial competitor by using your space lasers to give millions of people in that country skin cancers? All done secretly of course, and with climate change as your alibi.
Oops, I have gone off thread again, I mentioned climate change.... Its a totally fictional scenario in which lasers are used to inflict nuclear wounding - but it reflects that the whole concept of conflict changes with those weapons.