In Episode 85 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, B-21: Insights About America’s Newest Bomber, John Baum chats with Mark “Gonzo” Gunzinger and Chris “Jekyll” Brunner of the Mitchell Institute team about the future of the long range strike mission. Every bomber currently serving in the USAF inventory was designed in the Cold War. Not only did this see requirements optimized for a legacy threat, but technology was set at a far different baseline. To this point, the B-2 was unveiled a year before the world wide web was invented. The B-21 is truly America’s first twenty first century bomber. Its requirements were optimized for a far different set of mission requirements, threat environment factors, and information age realities. This episode seeks to provide insight into the thinking that shaped the B-21 into the aircraft that will meet America’s long range strike requirements for tomorrow and beyond.
Host: Lt Col (Ret.) John “Slick” Baum, Senior Fellow, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
Producer: Daniel C. Rice
Producer: Shane Thin
Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey
Guest: Col (Ret.) Mark “Gonzo” Gunzinger, Director for Future Concepts and Capabilities Assessments, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
Guest: Col (Ret.) Chris “Jekyll” Brunner, Senior Resident Fellow for Airpower Studies, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies