If one trend has marked the past 25 years of air-to-surface weapons development, it is precision. Since World War II, U.S. airpower has evolved from massive bombardments with unguided bombs to one-shot, one-kill precision. In just the past decade, the U.S. military has almost completely stopped using unguided weapons. Even the 22,000-lb. GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb dropped on an Islamic State group tunnel complex in Afghanistan this month was satellite-guided. With over ...

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