The Pentagon's planned life extension of the B61 nuclear bomb is important not just to give the F-35 a tactical nuclear role, but also to support the US strategic deterrent since the B-2A stealth bomber also carries this weapon, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, US Strategic Command boss, told the House Armed Service Committee, April 14, 2010. The Defense Department's schedule is for first B61s modified under the life extension to be available in 2017. Here, Chilton during a presentation at Offutt AFB, Neb., STRATCOM's home.
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