The Air Force's B-1B Lancer long-range bomber is supposed to be one of three critical strategic bombers in the Pentagon's inventory. At the moment, however, the Air Force's Lancer fleet is an embarrassing mess.

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The senior enlisted leader at Air Force Global Strike Command has been fired after an investigation found he had sent inappropriate texts to a junior enlisted airmen during his previous assignment in Washington, D.C., Air Force officials announced on Friday.

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The commander of a B-52 squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, has been fired following a command investigation, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.

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U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry.

In what can only be described as “failing up,” a colonel who was fired after his security forces airmen unit lost a machine gun and grenades while guarding nuclear missiles is headed to a new job at Air Force Special Operations Command.

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U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Braydon Williams.

Times are tough at the Air Force’s command for nuclear bombers and missiles.

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Amid what feels like a never-ending cycle of nuclear brinksmanship with North Korea, the Air Force may return its fleet of nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortresses to the 24-hour ground alert cycle that defined the bomber fleet for decades during the height of the Cold War, according to an exclusive report from Defense One.

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