Wednesday's HOT MIC
If you want a detailed look at how intense the non-wars were, this article from The Drive is a good place to start. So many bombs were dropped in the below-the-fold campaigns that "the Pentagon was reportedly digging into war reserves in Europe and Asia to make up for the shortfall regardless."
On Aug. 7, 2014, the United States kicks off air strikes against the brutal terrorists in Iraq, beginning attacks on its members in neighboring Syria the following month. But between August and November 2014, the Air Force saw between 11 and 19 percent of weapons either not have the intended effect or not detonate entirely, according to a briefing Air Force Major Brian Baker gave at the National Defense Industry Association’s Precision Strike Annual Review in March 2017. ...
The main reason for this was that the Air Force had initially shifted forces from Afghanistan, who had been primarily providing close air support and other counter-insurgency type missions, to the new fight in Iraq, he explained. By comparison, the situation in Iraq and Syria was “more similar to air interdiction – disguised as CAS [close air support].”
From troops in the open to enemies in caves.