The Air Force intends to retain its four operational squadrons of dual-role B-52H bombers under the new US nuclear force posture, Maj. Gen. Donald Alston, czar for nuclear matters on the Air Staff, told reporters, June 2, 2010. While the B-2A force of 20 aircraft will not be altered from its current dual-role mission, a good portion of the Air Force's 76 B-52s will be converted to a conventional-only role to meet the cap for 60 nuclear-capable bombers under the new force posture. Alston said having less nuclear-capable B-52s is not regarded as a challenge for maintaining the deployment tempo of the four B-52 squadrons in nuclear rotations. Here, a B-52 flies over Maxwell AFB, Ala., May 20, 2009.
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