A brief history of RADAR development is followed by an indication of the relevance of LIDAR to ranging and detection of targets. Initially, radiated laser power is discussed. Peak power of 100 kilowatts with a diode pumped solid-state laser appears feasible. Frequency control appears possible with atomic standards controlling the high power laser. Optical characterization of the polarization properties of lasers on targets is being pursued as well as the options. Coherence length of LASER radiation still poses a problem over ranges beyond one hundred meters. Target identification is enhanced using polarization with the aid of higher-resolution focal plane arrays. Coherence applications appear feasible in the near future.