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Title: Examples of Precision Engagement

Action: Begin with a picture of Doumer(Vietnam), and Kakhu(Desert Storm) bridges stacked vertically, add the following text when the war are discussed in relation to the accuracy and effectiveness of bombing raids:

Voice: As technology has improved over the years, so has bombing accuracy. This increased accuracy has further reduced the expenditure of time and resources required to achieve a strategic effect. During the Vietnam War, it took U.S. forces eleven years to destroy five bridges. During DESERT STORM, seventy-two bridges were destroyed in just six weeks. Coalition aircrews in the Gulf War significantly degraded Iraq's oil production, electricity, transportation, communications, and ability to produce weapons of mass destruction with a mere one percent of the bomb tonnage dropped during the entire Vietnam War.

Action: Present a graphic with a B-52, F-117, and F-111 stacked vertically from bottom to top on the right side of the screen, along witht the following text:

10 % of strike aircraft capable of employing precision-guided munitions (PGMs)
9% of bombs were precision-guided
Laser-guided bombs (LGBs) hampered by weather

Over 90% of strike aircraft capable of employing PGMs
29% of bombs were precision-guided
Global Positioning System (GPS) bombs overcame weather

100% of strike aircraft capable of employing PGMs
49% of bombs were precision-guided
More GPS assisted bombs allowed quicker results and all-weather support to ground forces

Advances in weapons and delivery systems allows us to use the appropriate mix of both precision and non-precision weapons

Voice: Since DESERT STORM, the Air Force has continued to improve its precision strike capability. Today, 100 percent of Air Force strike aircraft are precision capable.

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