ON-Lion Letter

In September testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Mark Gunzinger of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington, D.C., argued that the Air Force has an opportunity to create a family of systems that will maintain America's long-range strike advantage well into the future.

Gunzinger is a senior fellow at CSBA, which is supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

The U.S. military needs a penetrating bomber that is large enough and has sufficient range to ensure it is able to deliver high volumes of munitions deep into denied areas, he told the Committee.  Failing to field a long-range strike platform or procuring it only in very small numbers would extend America's long-range strike capability gap, allowing future enemies more time to mature capabilities that threaten our ability to project power.

There is "a need for the U.S. military to change its operational concepts and precision strike capability priorities," Gunzinger said.

A transcript of his testimony is available online, as is video of it.

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