The massed bomber formations of World War II are history; strategic attack today is measured by massed effects, and just about any Air Force (or in some cases, Navy, Marine Corps, or Army) system-such as this B-2--can accomplish it.
Periodically in some learned defense periodical, someone questions the viability of the strategic bombardment mission as it is portrayed in U.S. Air Force doctrine. The subjects of strategic attack and the weapons that accomplish it lie at the very core of the Air Force as a service, something unappreciated by at least one detractor when he wrote that the "myth" of strategic bombardment is a result of "disinformation spread by self-serving individuals." Those self-serving individuals are none other than those who built the Air Force as a separate service-Billy Mitchell, Hap Arnold, Ira Eaker, and Curtis LeMay. They saw the potential of an independent air service and of strategic bombardment as its premier mission.