In the coming months, the Air Force is expected to award a $55 billion contract for the next-generation bomber, which would begin flying in the mid-2020s. But that's about all the Air Force will say about the program. With so little known about it, there is growing concern about the system's cost.
Senators are trying to block the Air Force from moving 18 A-10 Thunderbolts into its backup fleet, saying it amounts to a “backdoor divestment” as lawmakers continue to debate the future of the aircraft.
New Defense Secretary Ash Carter goes to Capitol Hill to discuss the Pentagon’s budget request Tuesday and Wednesday in his first hearings since being confirmed as defense secretary last month. He goes in with a stronger hand than any new secretary in memory.
Operatives in both parties say military service is not enough, by itself, to elect Jason Kander or any other candidate in 2016. Voters are less interested in military service, or the lack of it, than in other issues closer to home.