Grumble Grumble Grumble

State of the art manufacturing technology has improved since the 1980 design of the B-2. As a result, both the F-22 and the F-35 have stealth capabilities nearly as good as the B-2, with a much lower unit cost. (but still much more expensive then conventional fighter aircraft...)

The US Air Force is preparing a new bomber design competition with a proposed first flight of around 2018, though some rumors state that this will be a bomb 'truck' replacement for the aging B-52. The competition will most likely be announced next year (after the elections are over) and several US defense contractors have already announced partnerships in anticipation of the competition...