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The Air Force wants to get rid of B-1 and B-2’s and keep B-52’s and a new B-21 Bomber…

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Aviation Week looks at the wish list from the US Air Force in the new budget …

Of course Congress doesn’t always go along with whta the Air Force wants….

The U.S. Air Force plans to retire its fleet of Rockwell B-1B and Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bombers in a “Bomber Vector” roadmap that will be laid out in the coming weeks.

As Northrop’s next-generation B-21 “Raider” comes online in the mid 2020s, the Air Force wants to phase out the nuclear-capable B-2 and conventional B-1, according to two sources with knowledge of the budget discussions.

In its budget blueprint for fiscal 2019, the Air Force also will invest heavily in multi-domain command and control, defense of space assets, and buy a number of OA-X light attack aircraft for low-end warfighting, the sources said.  The President’s budget request for fiscal 2019 will be unveiled officially on Feb. 12.

In addition, the service will kill an effort to replace Northrop’s E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (J-Stars) surveillance and battle management fleet, and planned production rates of the F-35A will remain steady.

All of these efforts are subject to approval by Congress, and lawmakers likely will fight hard to keep the J-Stars re-cap effort alive.

There is no immediate plan to retire the Vietnam-era B-52 Stratofortress, the backbone of the Air Force’s bomber fleet, the sources said. The Air Force has spent more than half a century installing various avionics and weapons systems upgrades on the B-52, which came online in 1960 and 1961, allowing the aircraft to remain a critical contributor to the modern battlefield.

Most recently, the B-52 squadron fighting Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East received a key upgrade of the aircraft’s internal weapons bay, adding a conventional rotary launcher (CRL) that allows the bomber to drop eight additional smart bombs. The Air Force already has put this capability to use in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.

Lawmakers recently have moved to bolster support for re-engining the B-52,….

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More on the B-21 Program….

image of the ole’ B-52…Boeing.Com

Yes the US IS having it’s annual US/South Korean Military Excersize….

The guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrives as South Korean navy sailors wave South Korean and U.S. national flags at a South Korean naval port in Donghae, about 190 km (118 miles) east of Seoul, March 9, 2013 in this photo provided by South Korean Navy. REUTERS/South Korean Navy/Handout

The guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrives as South Korean navy sailors wave South Korean and U.S. national flags at a South Korean naval port in Donghae, about 190 km (118 miles) east of Seoul, March 9, 2013 in this photo provided by South Korean Navy.

Credit: Reuters/South Korean Navy/Handout

The United States and Korea ARE holding a annual PLANNED drill ‘Foal Eagle’ which HAS played into the media tension story….The B-2’s (2) where flown to Korea and BACK to the continental US…..Liewise only TWO F-22’s where sent to the region….TWO….That’s it…Finally , B-52’s who dropped bombs on Korea  ahalf a century agao where have done two occassions of overflights from the base in Guam 4,000 miles away….

The President has NOT cancelled any part of the drill that we know….

…..from Red State….

Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.

By: Moe Lane (Diary)  @ RedState….

Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things don’t work out perfectly?  They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea:

So, it’s the Navy’s fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far?

That’s the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames with South Korea, but that they had not planned the recent deployment of Navy destroyers.

Last weekend, the U.S. ordered two guided-missile destroyers to the Western Pacific — the U.S.S. John S. McCain and the U.S.S. Decatur — to provide additional defense against North Korean ballistic missiles.

Command takes responsibility, Mr. Obama.

Via AoSHQ.