US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot

The U.S. Air Force has sent three B-2 nuclear-capable stealth bombers to Andersen Air Force Base on the island territory of Guam amid cooling tensions with North Korea.

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The U.S. military sent a nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri on a long-range mission to the Pacific area of operations over the weekend, it said Oct. 29, a day after Secretary of Defense James Mattis highlighted North Korea and its “accelerating” atomic weapons program during a visit to South Korea.

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The B-2 Spirit is one of three strategic heavy bombers in Air Force service. Originally conceived to infiltrate the Soviet air-defense network and attack targets with nuclear weapons, over the decades its mission has grown to include conventional precision attacks. The B-2 is the most advanced bomber in U.S. service and the only one of three types that still carries nuclear gravity bombs.

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A new report from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) suggests that the Air Force should build a minimum of 164 Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider stealth bombers.

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