Sep 10 2008

Shelby: DoD Putting Politics over Pilots

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today commented on the Department of Defense’s announcement that it is cancelling the tanker replacement program.

“It is unacceptable that the Department of Defense would abdicate its responsibility to our men and women in uniform,” said Shelby.  “This misguided decision clearly places business interests above the interests of the warfighter.  We are a nation at war, sending our pilots into battle on planes that are largely older than they are. This approach is irresponsible, shortsighted and harmful to both the warfighter and the nation.”