Thanks for posting this!
It's interesting that CNN focuses on the body count. How SEA circa 1965.Why use B-2s?
....So ISIS never saw us coming.Why 2 B-2s to drop 38 weapons when 1 can carry 80 500lb JDAMs?
.... To bomb both locations at the same time, like probably down to the last second unless they wanted to cause a response in one first by bombing the other. And more than 38-40 would have probably been overkill.Was this cost effective?
Aside from killing the terrorists who would have carried out attacks in Europe and probably elswhere now and later (CNN and their 'militants'....F' both.) it probably flattened their training facilities, weapons building capability and stockpiles, & the trainers of future terrorists, it will also make the survivors look up in the sky at night and loose their beauty sleep. The immediate and later costs of letting any attacks happen probably far outweighed the cost of flying 2 B-2s.
Expect some slacker in the media to use the 'kitchen sink' definition of $/fh to rail against the strike as wasteful in 5...4...3...
I had a very small role in fielding the Smart Bomb Rack Assembly (Smart BRA
). I suppose since they dropped only 38 they could have used the Rotary Launchers (RLAs) but that's OK too, since I also played a small role developing and testing the smart weapons interface that allowed GATS/GAM then JDAMs etc to be dropped as well.
I feel pretty good about all that right now.