Cover: The bomber force sizing controversy: a hardy perennial--and a case for posing the right questions

The bomber force sizing controversy: a hardy perennial--and a case for posing the right questions

Published 1985

by Kevin N. Lewis

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This paper reviews the controversy over the size, nature, composition, and role of the U.S. strategic bomber force. In particular, it examines the course of debate since the 1970s, when it appeared that the long-range combat aircraft concept was dying, to the shift a few years later to the development of the "Stealth" and B-1 bombers. The author concludes that there may always be major problems with justifying bomber procurement, as is suggested by the evidence since 1957, when bomber force modernization began.

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