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doublethink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:07 PM
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B-2 Bomber Gets Boeing’s New 30,000-Pound Bunker-Buster Bomb
Oh Goody! :eyes: A few highlights from the article ....

Bloomberg
November 16, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

"The huge bunker buster, dubbed the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, is built to fit the B-2 stealth bomber. The Air Force Global Strike Command started receiving the bombs in September, Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miller said in a short statement to Bloomberg News.-snip-

"The bomb is the U.S. military’s largest conventional penetrator. It’s six times bigger than the 5,000-pound bunker buster that the Air Force now uses to attack deeply buried nuclear, biological or chemical sites."-snip-

"The Pentagon in July 2009 formally asked Congress to shift funds in order to accelerate by three years fielding the weapon.-snip-

‘Operational Need’
Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale, in his July 8, 2009, request, said there was “an urgent operational need for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried targets in high- threat environments,” and top commanders of U.S. forces in Asia and the Middle East “recently identified the need to expedite” the bomb program.
-snip-

Reputable article? Sourced check: Spokesman Lt Col Jack Miller of the Air Force, Bloomberg News check.
As per DU rules I only posted 4 paragraphs .... but yes the article does mention Iran. I will refrain from further speculation, the article does plenty of that itself, and just put it out there for further exposure. Peace.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-16/b-2-bomber-gets-boeing-s-new-30-000-pound-bunker-buster-bomb.html


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FirstLight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:11 PM
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1. disgusting
If we could only use the resources to feed and educate and care for fellow humans...but then, where would the MIC make their money?

deathmerchants, all of 'em :mad:
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doublethink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:23 PM
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4. Quiet ..... you're not part of the 1%


talk like that will get you pepper sprayed.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:18 PM
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2. Psy-Ops are supposed to be done on THE ENEMY
This is just catapulting the propaganda.
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:19 PM
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3. Yay, more bombs!!!
Thank you, Pentagon, for accelerating this development! :bounce: :yourock: :toast:




:sarcasm::puke:
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:31 PM
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5. The B-2 is currently equipped to carry up to 40,000 pounds of conventional ordnance.
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rrneck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:33 PM
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6. A non nuclear response to a possible future nuclear threat
actually sounds pretty good. But it is just another fucking bomb.
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:41 PM
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7. I thought that the use of the B2 was severely restricted by its maintenance needs.
Can it actually be deployed where needed to drop the bombs?
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:13 PM
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8. both the bomb and the plane are overpriced and largely useless.
America is too fascinated with expensive technology and things that go boom.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:14 PM
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9. You load fifteen tons and what do you get..
Another day older and deeper in debt.
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