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If you're wondering how much the war against the Islamic State is costing the US and why the Obama administration isn't ramping up its bombing campaign even more, consider this fact: from August 2014 to December 2015, the US military dropped $1.3 billion in smart bombs and other guided munitions on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, with air operations costing an average of about $11.2 million per day.
So many smart bombs have been dropped during the roughly 9,000 missions flown by US Air Force and Navy aircraft that the Department of Defense is running out of the guided weapons—and the Pentagon wants to stock up for ramped-up attacks. The military also wants to accelerate updates to the aging B-52 fleet to convert them into "arsenal ships" that can hang around for long periods of time and deliver bigger loads of guided bombs against targets such as ISIS.
Defense One reports that the Obama administration will send a request to Congress next week to approve an additional $1.8 billion for the DOD in order to purchase 45,000 new Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) smart bombs and other air-dropped ordnance.
Link to defense.gov
I have the feeling at times that the war on terror is just a money making business for a select few companies. I also believe it is being used to as a "reason" for arms development because the "terrorists are coming to get up". It makes it more justifiable in he public's eye.
originally posted by: MOMof3
a reply to: DBCowboy
So your fear is worth sending troops in harms way and sooner or later taxes will have to go up because we are running out of bombs. I can't imagine all the materials and tech that must go into making just one.