Accession Number : AD1019194

Title :   Picking the Bone: The B-1 Bomber as a Platform for Innovation

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Creer,Jonathan

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2010

Pagination or Media Count : 123

Abstract : In the early 1990s, the United States Air Force envisioned the need to change the mission and technological capabilities of its strategic nuclear bomber, the B-1B. The result was transformational. This study uses Stephen P. Rosens theoretical model of military innovation to explain how the B-1 weapon system, one of the United States long-range bombers, transformed into an effective weapon system for irregular war within the context of the Global War on Terror (GWOT). The B-1s transformation was organizational, cultural, and technological. As a result, a weapon system designed as a nuclear bomber changed into an effective conventional platform and then again into a platform successful in supporting irregular warfare. The study provides a contemporary case study of military innovation tested against the theory of Rosens intra-service military innovation model. It intends to better understand and document what enabled and what inhibited the transformation of the B-1 weapon system during the relative peacetime environment of the 1990s and during the wartime setting after 2001.

Descriptors :   air force , STRATEGIC BOMBER , bomber aircraft , UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , WEAPON SYSTEMS

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE