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Air Force Seeks More Survivable Bomber Fleet

Jul. 20, 2017
The Air Force has ambitious plans for modernizing the air leg of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. But questions remain as to whether enough funding will be available for the service to meet its goals.

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To Libya and Back: Inside a Stealth Bomber Strike Against ISIS

Feb. 8, 2017
It was mid-January and the United States ended combat in Sirte a month earlier. Now, ISIS fighters are regrouping in a familiar place when they feel safe from U.S. intervention. They are mistaken.

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Long-Range Strike: ‘More Potent,’ More Survivable & Cheaper

Jan. 31, 2017
On January 19, the Air Force struck terrorist targets in Libya using B-2 stealth bombers. This was not the first strike in the country. A mix of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fighters conducted strikes there 30 years ago in response to terrorist acts in Europe.

Comparisons between the two attacks illustrate the value of the unique combination of range, precision, large payload and stealth within a single aircraft.

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Why the B-2 Stealth Bomber Was Used to Strike ISIS Camps in Libya

Jan. 19, 2017
America's most valuable stealth combat aircraft might have seemed like an odd choice to bomb a target whose air defenses were neutered in 2011. It wasn't.

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Jack Northrop and the Flying Wing

In the 1940s, Jack Northrop generated great excitement with his amazing “Flying Wing,” which flew like an airplane but didn’t look like one, at least not in the traditional sense.

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44 Hours

The campaign began with strikes from B-2 bombers of the 509th Bomb Wing, flying directly from their home base at Whiteman AFB, Mo. These missions, some lasting in excess of 70 hours, were the longest combat bombing missions in history.

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New B-21 bomber named ‘Raider’: U.S. Air Force

Sept. 19, 2016
Northrop Grumman Corp's B-21 long-range bomber will be called "Raider," U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Sept. 19.

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The Air Force’s next long-range bomber has a name: The Raider

Sept. 19, 2016
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, who revealed the B-21 designation for the winning Long Range Strike Bomber design from Northrop Grumman in February, announced the name at the Air Force Association's conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

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B-2s Head to the Pacific, Demonstrating U.S. Commitment to the Region

Aug. 9, 2016
Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers have been deployed to Guam by the U.S. Strategic Command. According to the U.S. Air Force, bomber aircraft provide an effective deterrent capability, ensuring regional security and stability of the United States, allies and partners.

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New CSAF Goldfein’s Suggested Top 5 Priorities

June 29, 2016
American Enterprise Institute's Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and Breaking Defense Board of Contributors member, outlines suggested "Top 5" priorities for the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.

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Air Force Unveils New B-21 Bomber

Feb. 26, 2016
The U.S. Air Force secretary unveiled the first official rendering of the new Long-Range Strike Bomber and revealed its official designation: the B-21.

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U.S. Sends Three B-2 Bombers to Asia-Pacific

March 10, 2016
The U.S. Air Force has sent three of its B-2 stealth bombers on a deployment to Asia and the Pacific, the service announced in a press release Wednesday.

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Mitchell Institute: Why Bombers Are Critical to National Security

Nov. 25, 2015
The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies released its latest report on the importance of long-range strike to meeting U.S. national security objectives. Members of Congress came together with Mitchell analysts on Capitol Hill to discuss the new report and its implications for the long-range strike bomber program.

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