The Air Force made a final $5.2 million offer to purchase private land within the Nevada Test and Training Range, which is inhibiting training and security, officials announced. “We are hopeful the family will accept our final offer to purchase roughly 100 acres of owned property and about 300 acres of unpatented mine claims,” Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Installations Jennifer Miller said in a release. “We understand the landowners’ connection to the land, but we must also consider the demands of national security,” she added. The range hosts Red Flag held at nearby Nellis AFB, Nev., as well as other combat exercises, tactics development, and system testing. “Mission cancellations on the NTTR due to incompatible land use cost millions of dollars per year,” said range commander Col. Thomas Dempsey. “These lost opportunities and delays result in increased national security costs to the taxpayer,” he added.
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."