It is wishful thinking. There is a world of difference between having it as a technology demonstrator, and having it as a reliable and effective weapons system. Look at the Zumwalt destroyer - 25 years in development, and we only built 3 because it was stupidly expensive. Not much point in having a laser ABM system that is only 10 to 20 percent effective. Not to mention the military's large scale movement to off-the-shelf technology, because they can no longer afford the excessive R&D costs with only limited production. Further, if such lasers are already in the military's possession, then why the continuing massive expenditures into missile-based defense systems?