The Pentagon triples its investment in a game-changing weapons technology.

Two years ago, the U.S. Army handed Lockheed Martin $25 million, and received in return a high-energy laser capable of burning holes in a Ford F-150 at distances of more than a mile.

Three years ago, the U.S. Navy invested $40 million and got a 33-kilowatt “Laser Weapon System” (LaWS) capable of shooting down drones and blowing up small patrol boats.

Now, the Air Force wants a laser of its own — and it’s willing to spend $120 million to get it.