I came to Washington in March 1977 as an intern for investigative columnist Jack Anderson and stayed. Started covering defense for Bloomberg in late 1997.
We've got CENTCOM data that indicates Boeing GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb dropped by F-15E is most wiidely used weapon so far in Iraq-Syria.
Islamic State Dispersing Compels U.S. to Adapt Airstrikes - Bloomberg via @BloombergNews bloom.bg/1pp3s1c
SECNAV Mabus says today one carrier battle group can cover ISIL ops, Afghan ops and AOR presence; sees no need for a 2nd carrier in AOR now
Navy Sec Mabus says service has spent about $100m extra on air ops against ISIL since 8-8 over normal Bush carrier group ops in the region
The AF has flown 70% of overall 3,800 air missions in Iraq/Syria, according to MAJ Gen. Harrigian. I mistakenly said 78%
Harrigian says Kurds/ISF on frontlines work with US JTACs at Erbil/Baghdad JOCs. AF has launched 50% of Syrian strikes/74% of Iraq strikes
AF has 1st Iraq/Syria briefing from Ops deputy MG Harrigian in DoD. Sparse detail but some stats: AF has flown about 78% of 3,800 sorties
Useful cost of ISIL war primer from CSBA:
CENTCOM says 4 more ISIL-held modular oil refineries hit in Syria and two more ISIL tanks destroyed/damaged. Saudis/UAE aircraft joined US
CENTCOM says 7 more strikes vs IS targets in Syria, including near Kobani crossing. UAE, Saudi, Jordanian aircraft joined US in the strikes
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