The Transformation of the Armed Forces in a Complex World

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According to a report by the National Defense University of the United States, during the World War II, the destruction of a target, occupying an area of 600 x 1000 Feet required the use of 9000 aviation bombs of 2000 pounds and at least 1500 bomber outputs B-17.

In 1970, during the Vietnam War, the destruction of that same objective would have required only 176 of those bombs and 88 departures of F-4 aircraft. Twenty years later, during the Gulf War in 1991, its destruction would have required only one or two laser-guided aviation bombs dropped from an F-117 bomber. Today, the attack on the target could be achieved using a single Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) launched from a remotely manned platform.

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To cite this article: Samuel Morales, “La transformación de las Fuerzas Armadas en un mundo complejo”, Experticia Militar, Diciembre 2018 – Marzo 2019, pp. 52-63. [English versión]

Samuel Morales is Lieutenant Colonel of the Spanish Marine Corps and former student of the Master in Strategic Studies and International Security, University of Granada.