Tuesday, July 28, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Lost: White Maltese dog, 12 pounds, answers to Brookley, on Sun., July 19, 10 miles north of Floresville on Hwy. 181, $100 reward! Tom and Jean Harris, 830-393-0814. 
Lost Bull registered Black Angus last seen Eagle Creek, Oakfields area, south of 775 July 20th. 214 freeze branded left hip & tattooed in ears. Green eartag.Larry Smith 210 557-9201
Found: Charm with picture of couple, at Pecan Park, July 17. Call to identify and pick up, 830-393-6785.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Kolodziej’s Food Service & Fundraising is currently looking for candidates for our growing company, full-time positions are available in the following areas: General Warehouse and Driver, qualified candidates must possess excellent customer service skills, clean driving record, and be able to work independently as well as in a team environment; working knowledge of basic computer systems, cash handling, and 10-key a plus. We offer a competitive salary package. Interested parties should email resume to Kathy@kolodziejs.com or drop off in person at 101B Dilworth Plaza, Poth, TX 78147.
Experienced mixer needed for local bakery, stand for long period of time, lift 50 lbs., 2 years of experience. Apply in person at 1371 FM 1346, La Vernia, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Commentaries


Preserving Next-Generation Firepower




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
The author of this entry is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
December 15, 2011 | 3,215 views | 1 comment

By Rebecca Grant, Ph.D.

It's cloudy and almost dark when your cockpit display shows the President has given final approval for the carefully planned strike on the rogue mobile missile launchers. They told you before you catapulted from the aircraft carrier in your F-35C that the weather would suck.

Can your bombs still hit the target precisely enough to knock it out, without causing collateral damage?

Yes, if your plane carries the Small Diameter Bomb II. Far-fetched scenario? Perhaps. But it shows how having the right weapon in the bomb bay matters.

The SDB II is an air-launched, stand-off weapon different from bigger bombs. Just 250 lbs., it has enough accuracy and oomph to blast an armored tank. It's size and punch make it useful for targets like enemy ballistic missile launchers, as in the example above.

Existing air-launched weapons must be able to see their targets in order to hit them. But the SDB II, can travel about 40 miles through bad weather, day or night, and still hit its target with incredibly high accuracy. Most important: it's designed to be equally effective against moving and fixed targets.

The SDB II is small and skinny. Its nose measures only 7 inches acrossmeaning an F-35 stealth fighter can pack the weapons into its internal weapons bays. SDB II has an integrated tri-mode seeker including millimeter wave technology for use in clouds or fog.

Unfortunately, it's weapons like these that are all too likely to be cut or delayed during Pentagon budget cuts.

Budget-cutting must be part of the solution. We need systems that fully exploit our technological superiority to accomplish objectives as efficiently as possible, with as little collateral damage as possible, and with as little risk to our service members as possible.

The SDB II is part of the next generation of weapons which will be expected to deliver a lethal blow exactly where we want while substantially reducing the risk of civilian casualties. They'll crucial as the number of aircraft in our combat fleets decline. The ability to drop smarter bombs at greater distances from the target reduces the exposure of our planes and crews to threats like surface-to-air missiles or anti-aircraft artillery.

Say an armored convoy column of 48 vehicles needs to be destroyed. With the SDB II, you can destroy that column with two F-35s. You'd need eight F-35s loaded with 2,000-lb. laser-guided weapons to take out the same 48 targets. Multiply that for convoys in separate locations, and SDB II becomes vital.

The fact fewer aircraft can be used to accomplish the same mission means major costs savings for taxpayers.

This kind of all-purpose combat flexibility is essential for modern warfare. Think Libya, Yemen, counter counter-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia. These operations involve relatively small groups of American military personnel operating next generation weapons.

Fast forward to that cloudy night mission. Aren't you glad the SDB II did not get delayed back during the budget battles of 2012?

Advanced weaponry can cut down on American casualties and save lives.

Rebecca Grant, Ph.D., is president of IRIS Independent Research, a public-policy research organization in Washington, DC. She is also director of the General William Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies, the non-profit research arm of the Air Force Association.
 
‹ Previous Blog Entry
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
December 15, 2011 10:13am
 
New Post.

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Commentaries Archives


Commentaries
Commentaries page govtrack.us
Commentaries who represents me?
Heavenly Touch homeauto chooserTriple R DC ExpertsDrama KidsAllstate & McBride RealtyVoncille Bielefeld home

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.