Defense Secretary Robert Gates told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 2, 2010, that the Air Force's new bomber will "not appear into the force" until the late 2020s, a seemingly significant departure from previous Pentagon assessments that estimated that the new bomber would likely enter the inventory early in that decade. He appeared before the panel, along with Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to discuss the Pentagon's newly released spending request for Fiscal 2011. Here, Gates is flanked by Hale and Mullen during the hearing.
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