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Once all costs are figured in Davis says the bomber will cost more than the target per unit

When we reported on the U.S. Air Force’s plans for a next generation long-range bomber priced at $550 million a pop, our commenters were quick to point out that there was no way that figure could be accurate. Military procurement programs have the tendency to spiral out of control with regards to costs, as witnessed by the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
The USAF's top acquisition officer, Lt. Gen. Charles Davis, agrees and says that costs for the bomber will definitely be higher than the quoted figure.
Davis said, “Is it going to be $550 million a copy? No, of course it’s not going to be $550 million a copy once you add in everything.”
Davis also noted that the military would try to stick as close to that budget of $550 million each as possible. One of the ways the USAF will try and keep to that budget is by preventing extra requirements and untested tech from being included in the platform.

Lt. Gen. Charles R. Davis, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
And unlike the troubled F-35 program, the winning design team – Northrop Grumman or Lockheed Martin/Boeing – for the next generation bomber will only have to satisfy the needs of the USAF. The F-35 has to appease – and adjust to changing operational requirements from – the USAF, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and the numerous ally nations that have bought into the program.
The bomber program also got a significant boost in funding in the FY2015 budget when the funds for research, development, testing, and evaluation were bumped from $379 million to $914 million.
The USAF plans to purchase 80 to 100 of the new bombers. 

Source: Defense News

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RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By BSMonitor on 3/6/2014 12:19:49 PM , Rating: -1
"This isn't some either/or thing. Even if we removed the ENTIRE Department of Defense from the budget, we would have an annual deficit of 1+ trillion dollars going forward."

Do you even know what the current deficit is??
2013 - ($680B) - Defense spending - $626B - Difference $54B

$54 B vs $1 Trillion. Interesting.

2014 - ($649B) - Defense spending - $612B - Difference $37B

$37 B vs $1 Trillion. Interesting.

But I am the 12 year old idiot?? Sorry bud, you prove yet again what a nut job you are. Congrats on that 3rd grade diploma.

By retrospooty on 3/6/2014 12:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
I think you may have a point buried somewhere in your anger and hate. It gets lost though because you act like a 12 year old on caffeine. Seriously. Get a grip.

RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By Schrag4 on 3/6/2014 1:06:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'll trust your numbers. Are you saying the solution is to cut defense spending down to zero? I think we can all agree that that's a really stupid idea. What's the alternative? Across-the-board cuts? Isn't that exactly what Reclaimer said? I'm, too, am having a hard time figuring out why you're all in a tizzy right now.

By retrospooty on 3/6/2014 1:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
He's always in a tizzy. You should try daying something that isnt 100% complimentary about Apple. He will really go off on you. LOL.

I cant quite figure out if he is a troll, a nutjob, or just an ignorant child. He has traits from all 3. Either way, he's a waste.

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