Aim high? This is 2011: you’re kidding, right? From Defense News regarding the next Air Force bomber–
(Air Force Chief of Staff Norton) Schwartz said…less ambitious performance targets will make it easier for the Air Force to manage the program and for industry to deliver an operational aircraft on time and on budget.
"And that kind of thing will make it easier for us to manage and less challenging for industry to keep their promises," he said.
Schwartz wasn’t the only one singing the aim low song.
…Paul Kaminski, chairman of the Defense Science Board…advocated an open systems approach that would allow the service to add new features to the aircraft as technology advances and as the threat evolves.
Most important, the Air Force must limit its ambitions for the first increment of the new bomber, he said.
"You want to be careful not to overreach with the first block," he said.
Questions your grandchildren (and maybe kids) may ask: “Daddy, what’s a manned bomber?”