Bombing Empty Holes

Ognibene, Peter J.
May 1973
New Republic;5/12/73, Vol. 168 Issue 19, p18
Presents information on costs incurred in the development of B-1 bombers. Information on the burden that would be borne by the U.S. taxpayers to arm, support and maintain the B-1 bomber fleet; Development of B-1 bombers to replace the B-52 as the workhorse of the Strategic Air Command; View that the B-1 will fly higher and faster, weigh less and carry more than its predecessor; Fact that General Electric is building the turbofan engines, and Boeing is responsible for integrating the communications and electronics, or avionics, systems; Use of parametric cost-estimating techniques to arrive at an $11.1 billion price tag for 244 B-1s; Evaluation of operation and maintenance expenses for the B-1 bombers; Need for Congress to assess whether the B-1 program is worth $40 billion.


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