DoD's '11 Budget: $10.7B for F-35, $4B for Long-Range Strike, More for SpecOps|
By JOHN T. BENNETT
Published: 28 Jan 2010 19:43
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The budget overview also reveals DoD is ready to put new money toward an on-again, off-again effort to develop and field a new long-range bomber: "Later in this [2011-2015] time frame, funds are available to begin developing a new bomber and cruise missile."
From 2011 to 2015, the administration will seek $4 billion that it wants to put toward "a portfolio of initiatives to improve long-range strike capabilities."
Part of the $4 billion would go for maintaining "the bomber industrial base" while the Pentagon studies what kind of bomber will be "appropriate for future decades."
The long-range strike portion of the request also would fund development of a Prompt Global Strike system, as well as efforts to upgrade B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft, according to the DoD summary. The summary does not specify exact funding levels for those three initiatives.