While the B-52 is built as tough as a tank, Maj. Gen. Andrew Gebara, director of strategic plans, programs, and requirements at Air Force Global Strike Command spoke to the airplane’s versatility as a major factor in its longevity in the DefenseOne.com story. “When we built the B-52, it was supposed to be a high-altitude nuclear bomber, right? Going to the adversary,” said Gebara. “Then it became a low-altitude nuclear bomber. And then it became a high-altitude carpet bomber in Vietnam. And then it became a standoff cruise missile shooter in Desert Storm. And then it became a precision strike close air support platform in Afghanistan and Iraq. And now we’re going to make it the first hypersonic shooter in the American inventory,” Gebara concluded, referring to the integration testing underway to fit the B-52 with the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon.