On 10 June 2005, Jane’s Defense Weekly reported:

Last year, the US Air Force (USAF) issued a request for information (RfI) for an interim global long-range strike (LRS) capability with a nominal in-service entry in the 2015-20 timeframe, pending the development of a more advanced capability a decade or so later.

Companies with technology solutions to offer are reacting to a developing willingness on the part of the customer community – primarily the USAF and the US Navy (USN), their efforts guided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and service research laboratories – to mature technology that within the next two decades could lead to a revolutionary advance in the way long-range targets are identified and struck…

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works/Advanced Development Programs (ADP) organisation, which has a long and distinguished pedigree in fast-supersonic flight and covert strike programmes, submitted four concepts in response to the USAF’s RfI in 2004…

At Boeing, officials have been so encouraged by the current surge of interest in the GLRS concept that the company has established a new entity, Global Strike Solutions, part of Boeing’s Air Force Systems business group, to co-ordinate the company’s efforts in the field.

 Source: Nick Cook, "Soaring ambitions–future of offensive air systems," Jane’s Defense Weekly (10 June 2005).

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