How Senators Quietly Voted to Keep Bomber Costs Secret
Critics say public may never know how much is spent on B-21 program

Arizona Sen. John McCain criticized Air Force generals at a March Senate hearing for not publicly disclosing the cost of the B-21 program. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted behind closed doors last month to bar public disclosure of the cost of a major new contract to build America’s latest stealth bomber.   

At issue before the committee was how much the American people — and potential adversaries — should know about the price of one of the most expensive and important new programs in the U.S. arsenal.