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Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Air Force May Seek ‘Anomalies’ For Nuclear Modernization Programs Under Full-Year CR

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Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy to the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition, has said the service branch may have to ask for “anomalies” or consent from Congress to fund its nuclear modernization programs if lawmakers resort to a full-year continuing resolution, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Bunch told Defense News in an interview that a full-year CR would drive the military branch to delay by a year its plans to award contracts for the air-launched Long Range Standoff cruise missile and the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program designed to replace the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.

He said the B-21 Raider bomber program, which concluded its initial design review, would require a “serious” anomaly in order to keep the development phase on schedule, Valerie Insinna wrote.

Bunch testified in a Senate hearing in March and noted that the military branch would need to seek 17 anomalies to advance its nuclear modernization programs and request approval from Congress for 60 new acquisition initiatives, the report added.

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