Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
BLIMPS!....Julian Barnes of the LA Times reports that Bob Gates's decision to stay on as Secretary of Defense will mean some procurement changes at the Pentagon:
The decision to keep Gates could spell the end of the Army's $160-billion Future Combat Systems program, and dim Air Force hopes for large numbers of new high-tech F-22 fighter jets. At the same time, smaller projects perhaps blimps or light planes useful for ongoing conflicts are likely to find new support.
Some Army officials are pushing development of a small blimp equipped with an automated high-powered sniper rifle that could provide a form of inexpensive but effective air support for platoons in Afghanistan.
Can laser-equipped sharks be far behind?