WASHINGTON — The lineup of weapons the Pentagon has picked to fit President Barack Obama's new forward-looking defense strategy features relics of the past.
There's the Air Force's venerable B-52 bomber. The current model entered service shortly before Obama was born.
There's the even older U-2 spy plane. It began flying in 1955 and burst into the spotlight in May 1960 when Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union.
When Obama announced his new defense strategy early this month, he said that after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. will "get rid of outdated Cold War-era systems."
But when details of the Pentagon's 2013 budget were announced days ago, it was clear that some prominent remaining Cold War-era "systems" will live on.