The Bomber Flexibility Study focuses on long-term improvements that will make the bomber force an integral element of conventional military strategy. In this documented briefing, the authors identify four missions for bombers: suppressing infrastructure, halting invading armies, defeating enemy air defenses, and attacking critical mobile targets. They match bombers (B-52, B-1, B-2) to missions and evaluate what technical capabilities the bombers need to fulfill those missions. For example, the B-52 requires few modifications because its primary mission--suppressing infrastructure--closely resembles its original mission. The more flexible B-2, however, might be adapted to a variety of missions and therefore may require a number of new technologies. In the future, these technologies will be subjected to detailed cost and effectiveness analyses.
Frelinger, David R., Joel Kvitky, Gary Liberson, and Charles J. Neerdaels, Bomber Flexibility Study: A Progress Report. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1994. https://www.rand.org/pubs/documented_briefings/DB109.html. Also available in print form.
Frelinger, David R., Joel Kvitky, Gary Liberson, and Charles J. Neerdaels, Bomber Flexibility Study: A Progress Report, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, DB-109-AF, 1994. As of September 08, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/documented_briefings/DB109.html