Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

First Advisor

Tom Farer, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ved Nanda, Ph.D.

Keywords

Air Power, B-21, Defense Procurement, Long Range Bomber, Retrenchment, U.S. Foreign Policy

Abstract

This thesis examines the effectiveness of the Northrop Grumman B-21 long range strike bomber in advancing the ability of U.S. policy makers to achieve national security objectives. The operational value of the B-21 is assessed through analysing its probable role in four hypothetical combat scenarios, and the relative effectiveness of the B-21 is measured alongside the potential performance of alternative systems. This operational analysis is augmented by a consideration of the shape of recent U.S. national security strategies, as well as the anticipated future security environment, which provides the foundation of an analysis of the ability of the B-21 to support U.S. security objectives within the context of U.S. policy makers' intended approach to foreign policy. This thesis concludes that the B-21 provides a limited increase in the effectiveness of U.S. military operations, and its procurement is incompatible with the anticipated future shape of U.S. security strategy and global interaction.

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Aidan Thomas Hughes

File size

183 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

International Relations

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