Osama Bin Laden’s sun roof


I interviewed Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems, last week. We were discussing the competition for the Small Diameter Bomb Increment 2, a weapon designed to hit moving targets in all weather. Schulte joined Raytheon in 2003 from US Special Operations Command, where he was an acquisition executive.

Schulte explained to me how a weapon like SDB-II could have been used in Afghanistan.


“[Osama] Bin Laden, before he got smart, he had the only white SUV that had a sun roof in Afghanistan … but he figured that out pretty fast,” Schulte said.


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One Response to Osama Bin Laden’s sun roof

  1. Dimitris 9 July, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    It never ceases to amuse me how the defense industry promotes its products as cures for illnesses that came, went, and are unlikely to make a comeback.

    “If only we had the V-22 in 1979, Eagle Claw would have worked”… except for the possibility of another Son Tay, or the fact that situations that require another Eagle Claw arise maybe once in a century (and onbly when someone screws up badly). Not to mention that the Osprey’s reliability record so far isn’t exactly warming the hearts of those who witnessed the Super Stallions aborting one by one back then.

    “Imagine if we had the Assault Breaker toys (SFW for instance) available back in the Cold War… them Russkie tanks would have been slaughtered by the truckload”. Except that the Cold War is gone, the Taliban have no armored divisions, and the Chinese are too smart to get into a pitched tankfight.

    Repeat ad nauseum.

    And now this:

    “If only we had SDB-II back when Osama’s SUV was easily distinguishable…”. Well you didn’t, and now he’s smarter. So put up something to catch the smart Osama of today, not the dumb one of yesterday.

    Last war-itis, anyone?

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