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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 fortiori on 3/6/2014 2:50:29 PM , Rating: 1
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Defense is the one role which the Federal government is suppose to actually do. Rather than provide pensions and medical care for its citizens.

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


I love it when people define in their own terms what the government is "for" when it's already defined in the fucking founding document of the nation.


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By FaaR on 3/13/2014 11:54:28 AM , Rating: 2
...Because something written a quarter millennia ago and 100% static, is forever perfect? Yeah. Like, say, the bible.

A nation exists for its people. Not the other way around. Times change. The fastest method of transportation is not horseback anymore, and the fastest method of messaging is not carrier pigeon.

An ancient document from the friggin renaissance period is obviously not going to fully encompass all the needs a modern nation has to fulfil, but it's cute when people like you pretend that it is so; I get to imagine you with long amish beards (kinda like a Taliban, really), waving threateningly with your fists at anything modern... ;)


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