Accession Number : ADA328231

Title :   Scowcroft Independent Bomber Force Review,

Corporate Author : COLLINS GROUP INT WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Scowcroft, Brent ; Burpee, Richard ; Hoehn, Bill ; Lenczowski, John ; Courter, Jim

PDF Url : ADA328231

Report Date : 23 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Pentagon preferences for short range instead of long range air power raise a puzzling contradiction. The long range bomber fleet is an element of the force structure that appears ideally suited to the demands of the new security environment and national military strategy. We also have a weapon system, the B-2, which is now in production and if produced in substantial quantities, could revitalize and sustain that force. Yet the DoD has consistently opposed continued B-2 production. Our analysis addresses this contradiction to help the Congress make a vital decision over the future of the bomber force. We first examine the planned future of the bomber force, its role in supporting U.S. national security, and the revolutionary potential offered by the B-2. We then examine the sources of Pentagon opposition and how this opposition has manifested itself in the recent series of studies the DoD has put forth to the Congress. We then offer a set of recommendations regarding legislation.

Descriptors :   *JET BOMBERS, *AIR POWER, *NATIONAL DEFENSE, CONGRESS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY STRATEGY, NATIONAL SECURITY, COST EFFECTIVENESS, COMBAT READINESS, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), MILITARY CAPABILITIES, RAPID DEPLOYMENT, FIGHTER BOMBERS.

Subject Categories : Bombers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE