Rep. Ellen Tauscher, in her meeting with reporters (see above), delivered a ringing vote of confidence for the current Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Wynne. “By the way, I think we’re very lucky to have somebody like Secretary Wynne, who has a tremendous pedigree in acquisition in that job right now,” said Tauscher. “I just wish we were giving him more money to do more.”
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."