Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below following a briefing from Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Lynn on the new KC-X Tanker request for proposal:


“The Air Force has made a strong case for recapitalizing our nation’s aging airborne tanker inventory, and I support this requirement.  The tanker replacement process has gone on for eight years, and we need to move forward this year to award a contract to provide our service members with the tools that they need to succeed in today’s conflicts.


“The Department of Defense has worked diligently to set the stage for a fair and open competition for the KC-X Tanker contract, and I hope the process moves quickly to provide the best tanker for our Air Force.”