The First Gulf War was historic in many ways.
The Day Stealth and Smart Bombs Turned the U.S. Military Into a Superpower
GPS guided bombs, called Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs, did not yet exist at the time of the first Gulf War – but GPS technology for navigation greatly improve the ability of pilots and ground forces to know exactly where they were in relation to surrounding territory and enemy force movements.
When GPS-enabled sensors pinpointed enemy targets, surveillance aircraft monitored enemy troop movements and stealth bombers eluded radar tracking from air defenses in the opening days of Operation Desert Storm decades ago -- in January of 1991 – very few of those involved were likely considering how these attacks signified a new era in modern warfare.
When veterans, historians and analysts commemorated the 28th anniversary of the first Gulf War in February of this year, many of them likely now regard the military effort as a substantial turning point in the trajectory or evolution of modern warfare.
Many analysts and Pentagon strategists are quick to point out that the US margin of military technological military superiority is much less than it was at the time of the Gulf War; potential adversaries have since gone to school on US weapons and have succeeded in narrowing the gap.
What the World Learned