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B-21 Bomber

Hands Off, Budgeteers! DoD Must Fund Our Small Bomber Fleet

Posted by David Deptula on


If an aircraft like the B-1 was taxed so hard due to high demand, the appropriate lesson is that the nation needs more bombers, not less.

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More B-21s Likely; B-1s To Carry Up To 8 Hypersonic Weapons

Posted by Colin Clark on


The U.S. has 156 bombers today. But the Air Force is committed to boasting 386 squadrons, up 75 from its total today. “Certainly,” Gen. Timothy Ray said, “that means good growth for the bombers.”

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2020 Budget: One Half Step Towards A Great Power Strategy

Posted by Mark Cancian on


The Trump defense budget takes significant steps to move from a focus on regional conflicts and counter-insurgency to a focus on great power conflicts. But the Army, Navy Air Force and Marines clearly are struggling with this balance.

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2020 BUDGET: Airpower Wins Big; ‘Multi-Domain’ Emerges

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


For all the talk of major changes, the Pentagon is pouring money into some pretty traditional priorities.

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Next HASC Chair Targets Nuke Funding

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Rep. Adam Smith called into question the decades-old backbone of US nuclear policy, while calling for a “total redo” of the Nuclear Posture Review the Pentagon released earlier this year.

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What Will New Bomber Squadrons Mean For Air Force? 75 More B-21s?

Posted by Colin Clark on


So reporters kept pressing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff David Goldfein for answers to the reasonable question: How will the Air Force afford 74 more squadrons with all the people, planes, satellites, and infrastructure needed to make them useful?

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Podcasts, People. Breaking D Launches Inside The Loop

Posted by Colin Clark on


Here we go. TA DA! Our first podcasts, exclusive interviews with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein and Strategic Command’s Gen. John Hyten.

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AFSPC Deputy & SMC Chief Call For Requirements Changes

Posted by Colin Clark on


COLORADO SPRINGS: The head of Space and Missile Systems Center hinted at what he calls a re-architecting of what many believe to be one of the military’s most stovepiped organizations, calling for faster acquisition and major changes to how the Pentagon decides what weapons it’s going to buy. “Some of you may have heard the US has… Keep reading →

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Military Force Structure: Trade-Offs, Trade-Offs, Trade-Offs

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Mark Cancian, a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, knows budgets. He used to help build the defense budget at the Office of Management and Budget, the largely unheralded center of federal fiscal power. So when he picks apart the budget deal Congress recently approved (or any other one) you should pay attention. He’s doing… Keep reading →

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SecAF Says B-21 ‘On Schedule’ As China Rises To Air Force’s Top Threat

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: It’s explicit: China is the Air Force’s “pacing threat.” That was the clearest message from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who met with the press the day after the Pentagon budget’s release. China’s rapid modernization is driving the Air Force to respond, Wilson said, though she declined to detail any of the service’s efforts… Keep reading →

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