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Asked about concerns that the contract award could have a negative effect on the losing team, LaPlante said the Air Force always consider broad industrial base issues in making contract awards. It factors in foreign military sales prospects, existing work on classified and unclassified programs and which anticipated contract awards were on the horizon.
"It's a much bigger issue than any one program," LaPlante said. "All we can do is make sure that we don’t inadvertently, by something we control, all of a sudden push someone completely out of the market."
The U.S. Air Force is expected in coming months to announce the company selected to build the nation's next strategic bomber, the Long Range Strike Bomber.
An evolution of what once was called the "Next Generation Bomber," its details are closely held by the Air Force. But experts say it will reflect the realities of politics and economics in an era of austerity, sequestration, terrorism and what's often called "low-intensity conflict."
Using state-of-the-art but existing technologies, it will augment and possibly supplant one or all of the nation's three current bomber platforms: the fast but conventionally armed B-1B Lancers and the conventional- and nuclear-capable stealthy B-2A Spirits and venerable B-52H Stratfortresses that call Barksdale Air Force Base home.
The question for many local Barksdale boosters is: Will the new bomber be based here?
"I think (Barksdale) will be a very viable candidate, particularly given the recent restructuring which consolidates nuclear-related activity under Global Strike Command," said David Vitter, the state's senior U.S. senator.
originally posted by: aholic
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