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[[File:Bda-basrah-defenselink-mil.jpg|thumb|right|275px|BDA Photo of a military cable station in Basra, Iraq]]
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[[File:Bda-basrah-defenselink-mil.jpg|thumb|right|275px|BDA Photo of a military cable station in [[Basra]], [[Iraq]]]]
   
 
'''Bomb''', or '''battle damage assessment''', often referred to as '''BDA''', is the practice of assessing damage inflicted on a target by an air campaign. It is part of the larger discipline of [[combat assessment]] (CA). Assessment is performed using many techniques including footage from in-weapon cameras, from [[gun camera]]s, forces on the ground near the target, and follow-up visits to the target.
 
'''Bomb''', or '''battle damage assessment''', often referred to as '''BDA''', is the practice of assessing damage inflicted on a target by an air campaign. It is part of the larger discipline of [[combat assessment]] (CA). Assessment is performed using many techniques including footage from in-weapon cameras, from [[gun camera]]s, forces on the ground near the target, and follow-up visits to the target.
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The [[Gulf War|1991 Gulf War]] is widely regarded as having the most effective and consistent BDA of any conflict to date. After the end of hostilities, the Battle Damage Assessment Working Group (BDAWG) was formed at the behest of MTIC, the ''Military Targeting Intelligence Committee.'' Largely, this group sought to create a standard lexicon of terminology for describing BDA, and to develop an outlook for the future of BDA.
 
The [[Gulf War|1991 Gulf War]] is widely regarded as having the most effective and consistent BDA of any conflict to date. After the end of hostilities, the Battle Damage Assessment Working Group (BDAWG) was formed at the behest of MTIC, the ''Military Targeting Intelligence Committee.'' Largely, this group sought to create a standard lexicon of terminology for describing BDA, and to develop an outlook for the future of BDA.
   
Possible future techniques involve using lasers or [[particle beam]]s in a manner similar to [[side scan sonar]] to map, in three dimensions, the condition of a target. Boeing has developed ({{As of|2014|lc=on}}) a system whereby a BDA "sensor" is towed a third of a kilometer behind the munition. This system is supposed to be capable of near real-time BDA by directly observing the munition's interaction with the target.
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Possible future techniques involve using [[laser]]s or [[particle beam]]s in a manner similar to [[side scan sonar]] to map, in three dimensions, the condition of a target. Boeing has developed ({{As of|2002|lc=on}}) a system whereby a BDA "sensor" is towed a third of a kilometer behind the munition. This system is supposed to be capable of near real-time BDA by directly observing the munition's interaction with the target.
   
==References==
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== References ==
 
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* http://aupress.au.af.mil/digital/pdf/paper/t_0016_rauch_assessing_airpowers_effects.pdf
 
* http://aupress.au.af.mil/digital/pdf/paper/t_0016_rauch_assessing_airpowers_effects.pdf
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*:''Some content in this article copied verbatim from this reference.''
 
*:''Some content in this article copied verbatim from this reference.''
 
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{{Wikipedia|Bomb damage assessment}}
 
   
 
[[Category:Aerial bombing]]
 
[[Category:Aerial bombing]]
 
[[Category:Intelligence services of World War II]]
 
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{{Wikipedia|Bomb damage assessment}}

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