Because There’s No Defense Like A Good Offense

The Crossbow Project lives:

The world’s most powerful airborne laser capable of shooting down a ballistic missile is being re-assembled by Northrop Grumman and the US Missile Defence [sic] Agency (MDA).

The laser is being integrated onto MDA’s Airborne Laser (ABL). High-power system testing will follow completion.

As they said at Ace of Spades:

If you can burn down an incoming missile, you ought to be able to burn down some miscreant 50 miles away too, right?

And make a lot of popcorn.