WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The decision will move the B-1 bomber fleets and Long Range Strike-Bombers under the same command as the B-2 and B-52 bombers.
“Consolidating all of our Air Force assets in this critical mission area under a single command will help provide a unified voice to maintain the high standards necessary in stewardship of our nation’s bomber forces,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said on Monday.
Sixty-three bombers and 7,000 people will transfer from Air Combat Command to Global Strike Command by October 1, 2015.
“Consolidating all conventional and nuclear capable bombers within the same command allows the Air Force to streamline the global strike and strategic deterrence missions, and create a lasting positive impact for the Air Force’s global strike capabilities,” US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III said.
The US Air Force said in the statement the realignment will lead to better coordination in training, tactics, doctrine and aircraft modernization and acquisition.