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The Army's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator successfully engaged 90 mortars and several Unmanned Aerial Vehicles during tests over the past month, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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National Edition News cover for August 20, 2014 - Army stuck with favorite rifle after better alternative found: National Guard Sgt. Larry J. Isbell fires at targets with his M4A1 carbine rifle. The Army is looking to phase out the longstanding weapon, but the potential suppliers to do so, as well as the competition results, remain shrouded in secrecy. (Photo by Spc. Venessa Hernandez)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, speculated that the reason the Army returned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to active duty was so that it would be able to bring him up on a court martial. (Associated Press)

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Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, prepare to land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church while celebrating Bush's 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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Former President George H.W. Bush, strapped to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, prepare to land on the lawn at St. Anne's Episcopal Church while celebrating Bush's 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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A Soldier assigned to the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) salutes as the casket of World War II Ace, Urban "Ben" Drew, 1st Lt., U.S. Army Air Corps, passes by as he is laid to rest, in Arlington, VA., Thursday, December 19, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has included in the defense budget an order for the Army to consider ready-made systems for processing battlefield data. (Associated Press)

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In this photo taken May 7, 2014, a pair of Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies rests on a Puget balsamroot flower on a prairie area used for live-fire exercises at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Army has been working to boost the numbers of the federally listed endangered butterflies. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)