Pretty interesting summary of the X-5 program here; http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/aviation/XPlanes/BellX5.pdf
Some of the more notable bits;
Bell was very serious about putting the XJ-46 in the plane, and also looked at adding booster rockets to the X-5. First twin 1500lbs, and by July 51 rockets with 4000lbs of thrust were looked at, with a projected speed of m1.4 at 40000ft. The Sapphire was also looked at. There is also a mention that douglas was interested in similar rocket boosters for the x-3.
Early in 48 Bell began looking at VG aircraft. In August of that year they were loaned the P1101. Bell proposed building 24 interceptor airplanes of their VG design, and for a time the Air Force was interested until the AMC killed the idea. They then proposed two research vg planes be built.
Prior to the X-5 program Woods designed a low-level, twin engine, swing wing attack plane. This design did not have the wings shift for and aft but instead used fuel transfer to shift the cg as the sweep changed.
Woods envisioned the X-5 tactical derivative as having an intake screen that doubled as a radar antenna and the dive brakes could be used as mounting points for rato.
General Saville visited Bell in July 50 and asked Bell for projected data of a fighter X-5 with different engines, but Wright Field was skeptical and shot the idea down.
In July 51, the issue of creating an X-5 fighter derivative was brought up again. This time Colonel Victor R. Haugen saw the X-5 as being roughly in line with fighter studies then under way and asked the Weapons Systems Division for an analysis. There summary was that a virtually complete redesign would be needed to turn it into a fighter.