USAF Bomber Force Structure--Current Requirements and Future Vision: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces of the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, September 29, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the September 29, 2015 hearing "USAF [United States Air Force] Bomber Force Structure--Current Requirements and Future Vision" held before the House Committee on Armed Services. From the testimony of Gen. Robin Rand: "In addition to our ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] forces, Air Force Global Strike is currently responsible for the B-52 and the B-2 bombers. As you know, the B-52 serves as the Nation's most versatile and diverse weapons system in the command by pro- viding precise and timely long-range strike capabilities. Meanwhile, the B-2 can penetrate an adversary's most advanced integrated air defense system to strike heavily defended targets. And I am happy to report that in 2 days Air Force Global Strike Command will assume responsibility for the B-1 Lancer mission and the airmen who operate, maintain, and support this proven warhorse. The B-1s have been actively engaged in the Southwest Asia theater, flying over 14,000 combat missions since September 11, 2001. We look forward to incorporating this important platform in the Air Force Global Strike Command so we can learn from their recent experience and share best practices across our forces. However, modernization and sustainment can take us only so far, so we look forward. And with the LRS-B [Long-Range Strike Bomber], that future looks promising. The LRS-B will extend American air dominance against next-generation capabilities in an anti-access environment by its long range, significant payload, and survivability." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Arnold W. Bunch, Robin Rand, and Randall G. Walden, and two charts titled Air Force Availability and Bombers.

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H.A.S.C. No. 114-51
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