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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Nor­ton A. Schwartz told de­fense re­porters re­cently that the ser­vice needs a new long-range bomber to pen­e­trate Chi­nese air de­fenses.

“I’ll tell you why we need a bomber,” Gen. Schwartz said. “Do you think that the Chi­nese have es­tab­lished one of the world’s best air de­fense en­vi­ron­ments in their east­ern prov­inces just to in­vest their na­tional trea­sure?”

Also, Iran has in­te­grated air de­fenses around “cer­tain lo­ca­tions,” a ref­er­ence to nu­clear sites.

“I would say they’re not do­ing this for the fun of it,” he said. “They’re do­ing it be­cause they have a sense of vul­ner­a­bil­ity. I ask you, what is it that con­veys that sense of vul­ner­a­bil­ity to oth­ers?

“One of those things is long-range strike, and that is an as­set that the United States of Amer­ica should not con­cede. That’s why a long-range strike bomber is rel­e­vant and will con­tinue to be rel­e­vant.”

Gen. Schwartz said at a Feb. 29 break­fast that the bomber is part of the Pen­tagon’s new Air Sea Bat­tle Con­cept that calls for closer co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the Navy and Air Force to counter China’s sub­marines, war­ships, air­craft, mis­siles and cy­ber­weapons.

“It is cer­tainly a mar­itime the­ater, but I would re­mind that air and space sort of cov­ers all of the mar­itime as well, and so global in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance ap­plies with­out a doubt,” he said.

“Lift. Strike if that’s re­quired. But im­por­tantly, I think this is an area where we and the Navy, in part through our Air Sea Bat­tle ini­tia­tive and other ef­forts, are col­lab­o­rat­ing to max­i­mize

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