From the politicking side, Capital Hill (Congress) don't seem to have the stomach for opposing fleet reduction. They seem to be more interested in keeping production line open (C-17 for example).
In the case for a long range bomber, the money would be that Congress would more likely support the current US Air force's plan for a future bomber (discussion already started with Boeing, Lockheed and Northrop).
Hard to kill "pork" (oh I mean job creation projects) unless there is a bigger pig coming down the line.
Is it me, or will the B-52 will still be flying after the B-1's are retired?
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