January 21st, 2008

Chris Keeley

Walter Pincus, "A New Arms Race in the Gulf?"--WashPost 1/21/08

A New Arms Race in the Gulf?

By Walter Pincus
Monday, January 21, 2008; A13

The Joint Direct Attack Munition is a kit that, when added to the back end of a 500- or 2,000-pound "dumb" bomb, turns it into a lethal, all-weather "smart" weapon. The bomb can hit within four feet of a target when launched from a fighter aircraft more than 10 miles away.

The kits and bombs are a prominent part of the $20 billion U.S. arms package for Persian Gulf states that has been in the works since last summer. President Bush discussed the package with Arab leaders during his recent trip to the Gulf.

As proposed in a message to Congress on Jan. 14, the Saudis are authorized to buy 900 kits along with 550 500-pound bombs, 250 2,000-pound bombs and another 100 2,000-pounders with penetrating warheads.

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