Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Options for Acquisition of the Advanced Targeting Pod & Advanced Targeting FLIR Pod (ATP/ATFLIR) [open pdf - 147KB]
"The Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L) requested that the DSB form a brief study of ongoing Navy and Air Force programs aimed at developing advanced laser guided weapon targeting pods for their tactical aircraft. This request for a DSB Task Force was occasioned by Congressional interest in the possibilities of a Joint development and production program for these pods. Current targeting pods are inadequate because improved enemy low altitude air defenses have forced tactical aircraft to operate at significantly higher altitudes. As a result, both the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force have declared that obtaining an advanced targeting pod for the current Navy, Marine, and Air Force tactical air fleets is an extremely urgent matter."
Defense Science Board Reports http://www.acq.osd.mil/dsb/reports.htm