As the Department of Defense examines how to rebalance its portfolio of capabilities to meet an increasingly challenging threat environment, Deptula makes the case for reviving a mission well suited to land-based long range bombers—maritime strike. From the sinking of...

The growing gap between mission capacity and real-world demand is felt in nearly every single Air Force mission set today. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson’s call to grow the number of squadrons speaks to this challenge.

No mission area exemplifies this strug...

11/19/2015

The number of long-range strike (LRS) aircraft in the US Air Force inventory has dwindled from thousands in the 1950s and 1960s to fewer than 100 combat-coded B-52s, B-1s, and B-2s in service today. These reductions were driven by changes in the strategic environment,...