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Old 08-02-2009, 10:36 AM
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Smile Pentagon, Eyeing Iran, Wants to Rush 30,000-Pound Bomb Program

It is comforting to read news that assure the world the United States are not slumbering, but mean business instead. This kind of takes the burden out of Israel's back in dealing with Iran for the immediate future – and gives the Iranian people some leeway to get rid of Macaquinho Monkey Suit and his bloodthirsty henchmen.

Pentagon, Eyeing Iran, Wants to Rush 30,000-Pound Bomb Program

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aMiQmByND.2A
By Tony Capaccio
July 31 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Defense Department wants to accelerate by three years the deployment of a 30,000-pound bunker-buster bomb, a request that reflects growing unease over nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea.
Comptroller Robert Hale, in a formal request to the four congressional defense committees earlier this month, asked permission to shift about $68 million in the Pentagon’s budget to this program to ensure the first four bombs could be mounted on stealthy B-2 bombers by July 2010.
Hale, in his July 8 request, said there was “an urgent operational need for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried targets in high-threat environments,” and top commanders of U.S. forces in Asia and the Middle East “recently identified the need to expedite” the bomb program.
The bomb would be the U.S. military’s largest and six times bigger than the 5,000-pound bunker buster that the Air Force now uses to attack deeply buried nuclear, biological or chemical sites.
Accelerating the program “is intended to, at the very least, give the president the option of conducting a strike to knock out Iran’s main uranium enrichment capabilities,” said Ken Katzman, Middle East military expert for the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.
Iran Given Deadline
President Barack Obama said Iran must respond by late September to an invitation for unconditional talks with the West on ending what’s believed to be a nuclear weapons program. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said this week in Israel that the offer is not open-ended, and his counterpart, Ehud Barak, warned that Israel is considering all measures if diplomatic efforts fail.
Chicago-based Boeing Co. is developing the bomb which was successfully demonstrated in March 2007.
The B-2, developed by Los Angeles, California-based Northrop Grumman Corp., has a skin capable of evading radar and is the only U.S. bomber capable of penetrating air defenses such as those believed in use by North Korea and Iran. The B-2 bombed targets in the early days of NATO’s Kosovo air campaign and in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Little authoritative information has been published about the capability of the so-called “Massive Ordnance Penetrator.” A December 2007 story by the Air Force News Service said it has a hardened-steel casing that is designed to reach targets up to 200 feet underground before exploding.
Essential Weapon
Anthony Cordesman, a senior military analyst at the Center For Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the U.S. “must have a non-nuclear capability to kill such targets if the U.S. is to have a convincing military option against Iran’s proliferation and hardened or underground facilities in other potentially hostile states.”
Still, even though the U.S. wants “this capability, especially for weapons of mass destruction targets, as soon as possible, that doesn’t mean we’ll use them -- but the planners are supposed to create capability and also send messages to potential adversaries,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a national defense analyst with the nonpartisan Brookings Institution.
Iran has at least two suspected subterranean nuclear facilities and other command-and-control sites not connected to the nuclear program, said Cordesman.
The new 20.5-foot-long bomb carries more than 5,300 pounds of explosives and is guided by Global Positioning Satellites, according to a description on the Web site of the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Air Force spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Karen Platt said Boeing could be put on contract within 72 hours to build the first bombs if Congress approves the shift of funds by mid- August.
Under the accelerated program, the B-2 “would be capable of carrying the bomb by July 2010,” she said in an e-mail.
To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Capaccio at acapaccio@bloomberg.net.
Last Updated: July 31, 2009 13:56 EDT

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Old 08-09-2009, 07:25 AM
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Talking Another Source, Same News: Monkey's Potato is Baking!

Now it is at the Debka dot com newsletter, with a few more details: a 15 ton precision guided conventional bomb, able to deliver over 2,65 Ton of kaboom stuff in one nice package, able to penetrate 61 meters before shouting "4 of July, Suckers"!

Pentagon speeds giant "bunker buster" production to meet Iranian, North Korean nuclear concerns
DEBKAfile Special Report


03 Aug:
The Obama administration has indicated for the first time that diplomatic engagement is not its only option for grappling with Iran's nuclear weapons drive, DEBKAfile's military sources report. The US Air Force spokesman Andy Bourland announced Monday, Aug. 3 that if Congress shifts enough funds to the program, Northrop Grumman Corp's radar-evading "stealth" B-2 bomber would be capable of carrying the non-nuclear, 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator, MOP [ALSO: MONKEY ORIFICE PENETRATOR ] which is designed to destroy deeply buried bunkers, by July 2010.
The precision-guided weapon carries more than 5,300 pounds of explosives and would be the biggest conventional bomb the US has ever used. It can deliver more than 10 times the explosive power of its predecessor, the 2,000-pound BLU-109, and penetrate to a depth of 61 meters. Boeing could be put on contract within 72 hours to build the first models if Congress signed off.
The US military commands for the Pacific and Middle East appear to be backing the acceleration request, intent on sending a signal to both North Korea and Iran that America is developing a military option for almost instantaneous deployment against the military programs they have buried deep underground to escape detection.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:28 PM
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Talking BUNKER BUSTER: IRAN's Potato Being Readied in the Oven!

BUNKER BUSTER TURNING IRANIAN THREAT INTO JAMES BOND THRILLER
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The United States is speeding up plans for production of a monstrous 15-ton bunker-buster bomb that can reach nuclear facilities in Iran and North Korea, even if they are buried as deep as 200 feet underground.
The Pentagon’s announcement two weeks ago that it hopes the bomb will be ready by next July came the same day that the London Times quoted intelligence sources as saying that Iran can produce a nuclear weapon in one year. The report stated that it would take six months for Iran to enrich enough uranium for the weapon and another six months to manufacture a nuclear warhead for its Sehab-3 missile that can reach Israel.
Most of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations are buried deep underground. Defense analysts have doubted whether the U.S. or Israel currently has the capability of penetrating the concrete compounds.
The new bomb is designed to solve that problem, and the Pentagon is asking Congress for additional funding for the Boeing-made bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP).
The 25.5-foot bomb casing of hardened steel is to carry 5,300 pounds of high explosives. The Northrop Grumman B-2 bomber, which can evade radar, can carry two of the bombs at one time. The MOP is one-third heavier than the current “mother of all bombs,” the Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb.

If U.S. President Barack Obama fails to stop Iran’s unsupervised nuclear program through diplomatic means, the MOP may be unleashed, just about the same time that Iran can try to carry out Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s desire to “wipe Israel off the map.”
"Even if the MOP only comes close to achieving its design objectives, it will represent a significant leap in the U.S. ability to threaten hardened and deeply buried targets, and destroy them if necessary," the Texas-based security consultancy Strategic Forecasting firm told UPI.
"The centrifuge halls at the Natanz enrichment site in Iran, for example, are unlikely to be able to withstand a direct hit,” it added.
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Old 08-27-2009, 01:33 PM
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Obama's Pentagon making this bomb is like a man in a wheelchair buying condoms, it wont fool anyone. He wouldnt ever use it on anyone except Americans who protest his policies.
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