A Pentagon policy shop is questioning the Defense Department's decision to pick only one supplier for the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), saying the United States needs a broader industrial base to keep its technological edge in such precision weapons. The Air Force announced in August 2003 that it had picked the Boeing Co. over Lockheed Martin Corp. to be the prime contractor for SDB (DAILY, Aug. 29, 2003). The satellite-guided, 250-pound munition is supposed to increase the weapons ...


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