For decades, science fiction fans have been enthralled by a directed energy weapon. Laser weapons are now a possibility, and they are being tested by numerous military branches. These laser weapons could be critical in fending off attacks and establishing supremacy on land, air, sea, and space. The only concern is whether the United States will acquire this supremacy ahead of our rivals. Directed energy is a technology with a lot of potential for disruption. The government that develops and deploys this technology at mass first will have a significant competitive edge, allowing it to resist a wide spectrum of challenges. As a result, the next generation of military technology should be a revolution rather than a minor evolution. Before our adversaries, now is the time to transform directed energy from cinematic magic to military force.