Building Bombers on the Cheap
In an era of fiscal restraint across the government, the Wall Street Journal looks at how “financial considerations are vital to the Air Force’s most important project today: building a new long-range bomber to replace the iconic and aging B-52s and B-1s that have come to represent America’s domination of the sky.”
“The plane of the future, dubbed the ‘Long-Range Strike Bomber,’ is the first weapon system to be designed in the new age of military austerity… In 2011, officials agreed to spend $550 million on each new bomber—a third of the cost of its predecessor, the B-2 bomber.”
“About $600 million has been spent so far to research the new plane and another $8.7 billion is set to be spent over the next five years.”
Crossposted at Wonk Wire.