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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 057-98
February 06, 1998

LONG-RANGE AIR POWER REVIEW PANEL MEETS

The Long-Range Air Power Review Panel, an independent panel mandated by the Fiscal Year 1998 Defense Appropriations Act and charged to evaluate the adequacy of current planning for U.S. long-range air power and the requirement for continued low-rate production of the B-2 stealth bomber, met for the first time Feb. 2-3 in Alexandria, Va. The panel, chaired by former Air Force chief of staff Gen. Larry Welch, is scheduled to conduct additional meetings during February before they make their final report in March.

The panel is responsible for reporting to Congress and the President its conclusions and recommendations on the appropriate B-2 bomber force and specifically state its recommendation on whether additional funds for the B-2 should be used for continued low-rate production of the B-2, or for upgrades to improve the aircraft's deployability, survivability and maintainability.

Joining Gen. Welch on the panel are: Samuel Adcock, Daimler Benz Corp.; Sen. James Exon; John Foster, TRW Inc.; Fred Frostic, Booz Allen-Hamilton, Inc.; former Air Force chief of staff Gen. Merrill McPeak; Mr. Walter Morrow, MIT Laboratory; Donald Rice, former secretary of the Air Force; and retired Air Force Gen. Robert Rutherford.