The 2018 version of the Next-Generation Bomber is being derailed by a combination of international politics and defense budget pressures. Lt. Gen. Robert Elder, commander of the 8th Air Force with responsibility for nuclear deterrence and global strike, contends that it is not dead, merely the victim of “a postponement” of perhaps only as much as six months. “What we were looking for in the 2018 bomber was something that would take the B-2 capabilities to a new level,” just as the ...


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