Air Force Next-Generation Bomber: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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As part of its proposed FY2010 defense budget, the Administration proposed deferring the start of a program to develop a next-generation bomber NGB for the Air Force, pending the completion of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review QDR and associated Nuclear Posture Review NPR, and in light of strategic arms control negotiations with Russia. The Administrations proposed FY2010 budget requested no funding specifically identified in public budget documents as being for an NGB program. Prior to the submission of the FY2010 budget, the Air Force was conducting research and development work aimed at fielding a next-generation bomber by 2018. Although the proposed FY2010 defense budget proposed deferring the start of an NGB program, the Secretary of Defense and Air Force officials in 2009 have expressed support for the need to eventually start such a program. The Air Forces FY2010 unfunded requirements list URL-a list of programs desired by the Air Force but not funded in the Air Forces proposed FY2010 budget-includes a classified 140-million item that some press accounts have identified as being for continued work on a next-generation bomber.
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