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Air Force Close to First Flight of New B-21 Bomber

A senior Pentagon official said the U.S. Air Force’s new B-21 Bomber aircraft is ready to make its first flight after completing all developmental checkpoints, Military.com reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, Air Force military deputy to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition at the Pentagon, announced the progress during a meeting with a Senate Armed Services subcommittee. 

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Energy Department Announces Plan to Proceed With Warhead Development Engineering

The Nuclear Weapons Council authorized development for the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) effort to extend the W80-4 warhead's service life. NNSA, a unit of the Department of Energy, will work with the Department of Defense to develop and determine the final sustained design for the warhead via testing and analyses, the department said Thursday.

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Air Force Selects Ellsworth AFB as Potential B-21 Bomber Aircraft Base

The U.S. Air Force plans to designate Ellsworth AF Base in South Dakota as the location of its B-21 Raider bomber aircraft, the service branch said Wednesday. The Air Force chose Ellsworth AFB to host the first operational B-21 and its related training operations due to the installation’s capacity to handle simultaneous missions with reduced costs and minimal impact on operations. 

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USAF Conducts Critical Design Review for B-21 Weapon System; Heather Wilson Quoted

In late November, The U.S. Air Force evaluated the design of the B-21 bomber aircraft's weapon system to verify production readiness. The assessment reflected positive progress from the aircraft's engineering and manufacturing development phase that lasted almost three years, USAF said Monday.

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Gen. Stephen Wilson: Air Force Launches Efforts to Speed Up Procurement Process

Gen. Stephen ‘Seve’ Wilson, Air Force vice chief of staff, told National Defense in an interview published Monday that the service has initiated efforts to accelerate the acquisition process in order to expedite the delivery of capabilities to warfighters. He noted that Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, came up with an idea to have the service sign 50 contracts in 50 hours in a move to speed up the procurement process.

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Air Force Begins Maintenance, Testing of B-21 Raider Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has chosen two USAF bases to provide support services for the B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber ahead of its delivery in the mid-2020s, the service branch said Friday. Tinker AFB in Oklahoma will perform maintenance and sustainment work at the Air Logistics Complex within the base's Air Force Sustainment Center. Meanwhile, Edwards AFB will host the Combined Test Force’s testing and evaluation operations at the California base's Air Force Test Center.

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Trump OKs $717B Defense Spending Bill for Fiscal 2019

President Donald Trump has signed into law a spending bill that allocates $616.9 billion for the Defense Department‘s base budget, $21.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons initiatives and $69 billion for overseas contingency operations, CNBC reported Monday. The fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act will fully fund the U.S. Air Force’s B-21 bomber …

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USAF Identifies Three Potential B-21 Bomber Aircraft Bases

The U.S. Air Force has identified three military bases as “reasonable alternative” hosts for the future long-range strike bomber aircraft. B-21 Raider bombers under development by Northrop Grumman will replace current B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit units stationed at Dyess AFB in Texas, Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota and Whiteman AFB in Missouri, …

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