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Joint Direct Attack Munition

Air Force Drops First GPS Bomb From Reaper: GBU-38 JDAM

Posted by Colin Clark on


  CORRECTS: Attribution to Col. Joe  UPDATED: 432 Wing Commander Wants GBU-54 Next CREECH AIR FORCE BASE: The Air Force has added the Joint Direct Attack Munition (GBU-38)  a GPS-guided bomb, to the Reaper drone force, dropping the first one in a combat strike in Operation Inherent Resolve on Thursday. Lt. Col. David, director of… Keep reading →

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F-35 Racks Up Weapons Tests

Posted by Colin Clark on


The F-35 program completed 25 weapons tests in a month, a marked surge from the previous high of three in November 2014. The weapons tests used the aircraft’s latest software, the 3F version. During the tests, some 30 weapons were dropped or fired, including the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), AIM-120 Missile, the Small Diameter Bomb… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Fails To Act On Crucial Rare Earth Minerals

Posted by Richard Whittle on


A new Government Accountability Office report scolds the Department of Defense for failing to figure out which rare earth elements are critical to national security — China controls the world market — and for not developing plans to make sure the United States has enough even though Congress passed a law telling them to five years… Keep reading →

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