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Excerpt from B-2 Bomber: Hearing Before the Military Procurement Subcommittee of the Committee on National Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session; Hearing Held September 12, 1996 If either one of you is ready, would you like to ask some ques tions? Mrs. Harman. I'd be happy to. I know I was standing up and sit ting down, but I guess w Excerpt from B-2 Bomber: Hearing Before the Military Procurement Subcommittee of the Committee on National Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session; Hearing Held September 12, 1996 If either one of you is ready, would you like to ask some ques tions? Mrs. Harman. I'd be happy to. I know I was standing up and sit ting down, but I guess we all become well versed in doing three things at once here. And I was listening to all of you, and I'm very impressed by the detailed arguments which I share in support of the B - 2. My question is this, and if Norm were still here I would ask it to him, too. The impression I have is that most people who study the B - 2 support it, and not only support 20, but support 20-plus. The problem comes with displacement, which is what that chart visualizes, and cost. I think those are really the problems. It's not a question of, is it stealthy, will the munitions be delivered more effectively, are there advantages from operating out of conus, et cetera. It's a question of what do we have to give up, and there's the chart, or how much added cost is it. And so what I thought I would just like to ask you to do in a few minutes is perhaps strategize with us about what we really - the tough question: What should we really give up? What is outdated, what is less useful? How could we articulate a buy strategy for more B - 2's, up to 50 or - pick a number - that would end up costing us something we could afford, or maybe costing us nothing, and that would end up displacing the right things to displace. Because I think when the political argument is finally framed, that's how it will be framed. And the final point, Norm was careful to say a low level buy. He kept saying that. I know he's saying that because in political terms there may not be money or will to buy more. But I do want to ask you to give us the right answer in terms of whether a low level buy is the best way to buy more B - 2's. So it's those two questions. And answers from any of you would be great. General horner. Let me answer the first part, with regard to displacement, because obviously that is an important issue, as you know. I think what we have to do is we have to look to the future, as to how we intend to fight our wars, because while Desert Storm contained a lot of time-honored ways of doing business - force on force - things of this nature, there were elements within Desert Storm that are not often cited, which really point to the future in warfare, and the way the United States should fight its wars, should it come to that. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


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Excerpt from B-2 Bomber: Hearing Before the Military Procurement Subcommittee of the Committee on National Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session; Hearing Held September 12, 1996 If either one of you is ready, would you like to ask some ques tions? Mrs. Harman. I'd be happy to. I know I was standing up and sit ting down, but I guess w Excerpt from B-2 Bomber: Hearing Before the Military Procurement Subcommittee of the Committee on National Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session; Hearing Held September 12, 1996 If either one of you is ready, would you like to ask some ques tions? Mrs. Harman. I'd be happy to. I know I was standing up and sit ting down, but I guess we all become well versed in doing three things at once here. And I was listening to all of you, and I'm very impressed by the detailed arguments which I share in support of the B - 2. My question is this, and if Norm were still here I would ask it to him, too. The impression I have is that most people who study the B - 2 support it, and not only support 20, but support 20-plus. The problem comes with displacement, which is what that chart visualizes, and cost. I think those are really the problems. It's not a question of, is it stealthy, will the munitions be delivered more effectively, are there advantages from operating out of conus, et cetera. It's a question of what do we have to give up, and there's the chart, or how much added cost is it. And so what I thought I would just like to ask you to do in a few minutes is perhaps strategize with us about what we really - the tough question: What should we really give up? What is outdated, what is less useful? How could we articulate a buy strategy for more B - 2's, up to 50 or - pick a number - that would end up costing us something we could afford, or maybe costing us nothing, and that would end up displacing the right things to displace. Because I think when the political argument is finally framed, that's how it will be framed. And the final point, Norm was careful to say a low level buy. He kept saying that. I know he's saying that because in political terms there may not be money or will to buy more. But I do want to ask you to give us the right answer in terms of whether a low level buy is the best way to buy more B - 2's. So it's those two questions. And answers from any of you would be great. General horner. Let me answer the first part, with regard to displacement, because obviously that is an important issue, as you know. I think what we have to do is we have to look to the future, as to how we intend to fight our wars, because while Desert Storm contained a lot of time-honored ways of doing business - force on force - things of this nature, there were elements within Desert Storm that are not often cited, which really point to the future in warfare, and the way the United States should fight its wars, should it come to that. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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