McCain Prods Air Force to Lift ‘Veil of Secrecy’ on B-21 Program

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday demanded the Air Force lift the “veil of secrecy” on certain aspects of the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber program.

The Republican from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said he wants more information before supporting the service’s $2 billion in additional research and development funding for the program as part of the fiscal 2018 budget request.

The funding level is an increase from $1.3 billion for the current year.

“It’s understandable to keep the B-21 specific warfighting capabilities classified, but it’s difficult to understand why you should keep other aspects of the program under the veil of secrecy,” McCain told Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Secretary Heather Wilson during a hearing of the panel.gearbestbanner

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