The new General Electric GEPOD 30 weapon is described as is the lethality of the GAU-8 round. The battle versatility of the system when combined with a high sortie rate aircraft is developed. These factors are used to illustrate the options, power, and methods that a battle commander has at his disposal. The gun system's contribution to Rapid Deployment Forces, Power Projection, and conventional weapons Deterrence are reviewed. The conclusions offer a prediction of the gun system's military future.