Today’s DSM-IV Moment

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May 24 2006

Oh, goodie… not.
What gift can you give a federal department that has damn near everything (such as V-22 Ospreys that can’t stay aloft, or “missile defense” systems that can’t hit their targets, or control the Central Intelligence Agency)? How about giving them a new bomb to play with?

Boeing unveils lightweight bomb for urban combat (Crain’s Chicago Business):
Company’s defense unit will make 24,000 for Air Force

Boeing Co. on Monday unveiled a line of small, lightweight bombs that the U.S. Air Force will use in urban combat situations like the war in Iraq.

The small-diameter bombs weigh 250 pounds and can be used by all Air Force bombers, according to Boeing. By using the smaller bombs, planes can carry about four times as many bombs and fire them from farther away. A B-2 Stealth bomber can carry as many as 80 of the small-diameter bombs.

The bombs also will help limit civilian casualties during airstrikes in urban areas, Air Force Col. Richard Justice said at an unveiling ceremony. Boeing said its own tests show the bombs hit within 4 feet of their target.

Justice said Boeing’s development of the bomb was one of the speediest and most successful weapons development in Air Force history. He said the bomb should be used in combat as early as this summer.

Boeing, based in Chicago but whose defense operations are based in the St. Louis area, said it will make 24,000 small-diameter bombs for the Air Force, which has contracted to buy them through 2015.

The small-diameter bomb contract is valued at about $2.5 billion, but Boeing has only won the first phase of the whole project.

Last year, the Government Accountability Office – the investigative arm of Congress – found that Boeing’s contract for the bombs had been influenced by an Air Force official who was sentenced to nine months in prison for giving Boeing preferential treatment.

You have to love this. Bombs “designed” for urban combat, corrupt companies and government officials, and a couple of billions more to inflict death and destruction.

War is, indeed, a racket.

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