Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

Sequestration Would Squeeze Air Force Bombers

The U.S. Air Force's strategic bombers are among the aircraft and programs likely to bear the brunt of major looming budget cutbacks, Inside the Air Force reported on Tuesday.

The publication received an Air Force accounting of program areas facing significant budget curbs if Congress cannot approve an alternative to the federal budget sequester by March 1. The deficit-control plan mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act would cut $85 billion in federal spending through the final seven months of this fiscal year.

On the Air Force list were the B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers. Also cited were the U.S. Nuclear Detonation Detection System, the Space-Based Infrared System missile alert program and various other operations.

Radar installations in Alaska and North Dakota, along with the Air Force Space Surveillance System, would be operated eight hours daily rather than the current 24, "significantly impacting national missile defense, space situation awareness and the intelligence community," according to a service memorandum.

The Air Force hopes to provide sustained funding to its developmental Long-Range Strike Bomber project, as well as the KC-46 tanker and F-35 warplane, according to acting Comptroller Marilyn Thomas.

Note to our Readers

GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.

NTI Analysis

  • 3D Missile Model Collection

    April 22, 2015

    The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies has created a series of 3D models of ballistic and cruise missiles for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

  • North Korean Ballistic Missile Models

    April 8, 2015

    This page contains interactive 3D missile models for North Korea. Users can drag the model by pressing and holding their mouse’s scroll wheel. They can zoom in and out on the model by rolling their scroll wheel up and down, and can orbit the model by clicking and dragging their left mouse button.

Country Profile

Flag of United States

United States

This article provides an overview of the United States’ historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

Learn More →