New short-pulse laser technology has made possible the production of extremely bright (>1018 W/cm2-sr) laser sources. The use of these new techniques on large scale Nd:glass based laser systems would make it possible to produce 1000 TW (Petawatt) pulses. Such pulses would yield focused intensities exceeding 1021 W/cm2 corresponding to an electric field in excess of 100 e/a02 and an energy density equivalent to that of a 10 keV blackbody. The first step towards the realization of such a source is the development of a compact 10 TW laser. The design of a 10 TW table-top laser and some potential applications are described.