The Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) program and the Oct. 27 source selection cannot be understood without looking at LRS-B’s roots. The program started after then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates canceled a much more ambitious bomber project, the Next-Generation Bomber (NGB), in April 2009. The major differences between the two concern cost and risk, driven by the Pentagon’s desire to break the pattern of massive overruns and delays in major acquisition programs. The NGB started ...


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