The Air & Space Brief: B-2s grounded; New Aerojet suitor; B-21 capabilities
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B-2 stand-down: The U.S. Air Force has grounded all its B-2 Spirits, and the only runway at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri—the bombers’ home base—remains closed after a Dec. 10 mishap. There is “no speculated end date for the safety pause,” a spokesperson for the 509th Bomb Wing told Defense One. A few more details, here.
L3Harris proposes to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne: L3Harris Technologies has entered a $4.7 billion agreement to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne, two years after the Biden Administration blocked a deal with Lockheed Martin worth $300 million less, Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber reports. ‘We have the scale and the strength to invest in people, processes, R&D,” L3Harris CEO Chris Kubasik said Monday. “We all know competition spurs innovation.” Read on, here.
Not like other bombers: The new B-21 Raider will be more than just a conventional bomber, and will be critical to challenging China, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin told Air & Space Forces Magazine in an interview. “The B-21 could be the delivery platform [for precision ordnance] or there could be other roles that it could play, whether it be sensor, or whether it be accompanied with different types of collaborative combat aircraft,” Allvin told the magazine.
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From Defense One
B-2 Bomber Fleet Grounded Indefinitely // Jennifer Hlad
U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command ordered the stealth-bomber stand-down in response to Dec. 10 mishap.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Has a New Suitor. Will the Biden Administration Approve? // Marcus Weisgerber
L3Harris Technologies has entered a $4.7 billion deal to acquire the rocket manufacturer.
A Wireless Intelligence Community 'On The Horizon,' Official Says // Lauren C. Williams
Getting there is a matter of appropriately protecting data and tweaking policies to allow for wireless secret- and top-secret networks.