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18 August 2014

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Jim,

Expanding on your suggestions, I'd love to see a pendulum swing away from the arcane-acronymed weapons systems, e.g. HMMWV, JLTV, LRASM, JASSM, JDAM, TALD, et al. Sure, these are all named as explicitely as "IBM," but I'd favor a return to the 60s muscle-car naming approach we have in Sidewinder, Hellfire, Tomahawk, etc. Heck even program names turned weapons name conventions such as the USAFs ubiquitous "PAVE" (-WAY, -LOW, -NAIL, etc.) have a type of charm.

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