The Pentagon Has Created A Database Of Every Bomb They’ve Dropped Since WWI

The saddest spreadsheet in the world? Via io9:

For the past six years, the U.S. Air Force has been compiling an exhaustive list of every bomb their planes have dropped since World War I.

The database, which is part of a project called THOR (Theater History of Operations Reports), was put together by Lieutenant Colonel Jenns Robertson using thousands of historical documents.

For the Vietnam War alone, Robertson has examined records showing that from October 1965 to May 1975 at least 456,365 cluster bombs were dropped on Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The database is also being used for current conflicts, including investigations into civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  • msbpodcast

    Thee is an opportunity for an incredible 4D cross-referencing database with some form of Google view showing every single bomb, where it was made, where it was deployed and where it landed.

    This would be a fascinating view into the conflicts the world has been witness to over the past century.

    Imagine if each side was able to view the dropped bombs and effectiveness of every single piece of ordinance dropped.

    • Jin The Ninja

      “Imagine if each side was able to view the dropped bombs and effectiveness of every single piece of ordinance dropped.”

      how does one measure ‘effectiveness’? conquest?

      and the point of the article, which obviously you missed, is that this is a record of bombs dropped by the PENTAGON. not ‘both’ sides. one side. bullet imperialism at its finest.

  • Nunzio X

    If we’d just stop building roads and schools and whatnot, we’d have a lot more money to manufacture and deploy bombs.

    PRIORITIES, people…PRIORITIES!

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Does that include the Bombs detonated by Terrorist Groups the government has funded?

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Uncle Homeland dropped more bombs on Laos
    than any country ever
    the remaining unexploded bombs
    have killed thousands over the years
    and still kill many people each year

    when I visited Laos
    I thought the people would resent Americans
    but despite the abuse
    their Buddhist dispositions have kept them from being openly angry

    they used the bomb craters for fish ponds
    and sell the scrape metal to the Vietnamese
    they made lemonade out of Uncle Homeland’s lemons

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