Beyond the “Bomber”: The New Long-Range Sensor-Shooter Aircraft and US National Security

The ability to strike targets anywhere in the world at any time to net strategic effects is a core US national security capability unique to the Air Force’s Long-Range Strike (LRS) force. However, with 87% of the country’s bomber inventory fielded before modern stealth technology, the country is exceedingly reliant upon just a handful of B-2s to reach the world’s hardest targets. This report explores how this new aircraft will feature capabilities far past those resident in legacy bombers—with particular emphasis upon what it means to achieve US national strategic imperatives in the information age.

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