Feb 24 2010

Shelby Comments on Release of Air Force Tanker RFP

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding the Air Force’s final Request for Proposal (RFP) to replace its aging aerial refueling tanker fleet:

“The final RFP discredits the integrity of the entire process. Additional capabilities that would better protect the lives of our men and women in uniform were neglected in the draft RFP.  Substantial changes that bring those factors into consideration in the final RFP are necessary to have a full and transparent competition, yet the Air Force did not make a single revision to the key warfighter requirements. The RFP clearly favors a smaller, less capable airframe and I am concerned the Department may not get two competitive bids in this process. It is an illusion of a fair competition in which the warfighter and the taxpayer lose.”