Date of Award
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Tom Farer, Ph.D.
Ved Nanda, Ph.D.
Air Power, B-21, Defense Procurement, Long Range Bomber, Retrenchment, U.S. Foreign Policy
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.
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Hughes, Aidan Thomas, "A Clipped Wing: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of the B-21" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1124.
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Aidan Thomas Hughes