Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement concerning the Secretary of Defense’s announcement on the KC-X Tanker contract: 

 “This morning, Secretary Gates and I discussed the Department of Defense’s new plan for selecting the Air Force’s next tanker.  After further review, the Pentagon will re-play fourth down using a new quarterback. 

 “The capability provided by a new tanker is critical for our national security and for the safety of our aircrews.  I have confidence in Secretary Young and I hope he can assemble the right people to move ahead with this important contract in a reasonable period of time.”