Elder: Bomber Decision Delay Likely Linked to Upcoming Strategic Arms Talks

By John Reed / April 21, 2009 at 5:00 AM
Upcoming negotiations on the future nuclear footprint of the United States likely played a key role in Defense Secretary Robert Gates' move to delay a decision on a new strategic bomber for the Air Force until after the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, according to the commander of the nation's nuclear bomber force. "If you're going into [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty] negotiation . . . one of the things that's in play here is you don't want to do is lock...

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