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Air Force Chief Vows to Avoid Excess Secrecy Over U.S. Bomber

  • Goldfein says he seeks ‘sweet spot’ on secrecy, openness
  • B-2 bomber was example of ‘how not to do this,’ general says
A USAF B-2 stealth bomber

A USAF B-2 stealth bomber

Source: USAF

The U.S. Air Force’s top general says he’s determined to avoid excessive secrecy during development of the service’s new B-21 bomber, citing its predecessor as a cautionary tale.

“I know exactly how not to do this -- it’s called the B-2, right? Keep it secret forever, roll it out, sticker shock” -- and “you end up with 21 aircraft” instead of the 132 originally planned, General David Goldfein said in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters in New York.