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ORAC
16th Jan 2006, 09:50
Military.com (http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,85361,00.html): Pentagon Accelerates Future Bomber Plans

The Defense Department will begin work this year on a next-generation long-range strike aircraft, accelerating its bomber modernization plans by nearly two decades in an effort to quickly enhance the Air Force's effectiveness across the Asia-Pacific region. The Quadrennial Defense Review, set to be delivered to Congress next month, will call for the Air Force to move up the date to field a new bomber from 2037 to 2018, according to Pentagon sources familiar with the recommendation.......

The action to accelerate work on a new bomber tracks closely with a recommendation last fall for a new, long-range strike aircraft program made by Andrew Marshall, the Pentagon's director of net assessment, who called for developing capabilities necessary to deter China. That idea echoed the input he provided to the 2001 QDR, according to Pentagon officials......

Sources involved in the QDR said U.S. Strategic Command, which has responsibility for an evolving concept dubbed “global strike,” strongly advocated the need for a new bomber. These sources also said an accelerated bomber program enjoys support from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Air Force's new leadership team, including Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Secretary Michael Wynne......



LowObservable
16th Jan 2006, 12:54
The question is whether you want an unmanned mini-B-2 or one of these:

http://sr71.net/Airplanes/XB-70/xb-70-3.jpg

The answer depends how soon you want the other guy's stuff to start blowing up.

Onan the Clumsy
16th Jan 2006, 13:38
the Pentagon's director of net assessment

Shouldn't he work for the Fisheries Department?

LowObservable
16th Jan 2006, 15:04
No, all the fishy stuff happens in Nevada.

Talking Radalt
16th Jan 2006, 15:11
Surely you mean the WRAF block? :E

The question is whether you want an unmanned mini-B-2 or one of these

Haven't the CIA already got an unmanned mini-B-2 capability? Allegedly?