Strategy Page notes that the Air Force is looking at ways to utilize the C-17 transport as a “flying aircraft carrier” for Dominator UAVs and possibly even as a JDAM bomber.
Murdoc’s not so sure about the one-use Dominator, though I can see where they would be useful in the right situations. But as for the JDAM bomber: Please! and Soon!
Murdoc has long supported the idea of a B-747 or some such plane orbiting ultra-high above a battle zone loaded with various sizes of GPS-guided bombs. A call comes in, someone punches in the coordinates and hits the red button, and bombs away! Orbiting real high would give the plane a very large area of responsibility and protect it from most air defenses. This would be a system only for places where we have air superiority, but that’s going to be most places most of the time.
Murdoc doesn’t care if this is a 747, a 767, a C-17, or the Spruce Goose. He just wants it big and loaded to the gills with JDAMs, circling way up there with short-order firepower.
Go read the Strategy Page post for more on the C-17/Dominator idea.