The First Rule of B-21 Is You Do Not Talk About B-21

Don’t expect the U.S. Air Force to share too much intel about its new stealth bomber.

That, at least, seems to be the message coming from senior leaders, who intend to strike a balance between talking openly about the acquisition effort — the Pentagon’s biggest since the F-35 program kicked off in the 1990s — and guarding details about the technology.

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force’s military deputy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition at the Pentagon, said the service made a mistake by being so tight-lipped on the B-2 Spirit program and doesn’t want to repeat those mistakes with the B-21 Raider, currently being developed as part of the Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, program.

“One of the things we did find out on the B-2 was we weren’t open enough,” Bunch told reports after speaking at an Air Force Association breakfast outside Washington, D.C. on Thursday.