Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday articulated on the Senate floor his concerns over the draft language in the Air Force’s KC-X tanker solicitation and urged the Pentagon leadership to correct a “deeply flawed” acquisition strategy while there is still time. Among his concerns, he said the proposed evaluation methodology does not consider best value, but rather lowest cost, and that this results in a significant bias toward a smaller aircraft—ostensibly favoring Boeing over Northrop Grumman. (Northrop would build tankers in his state.) Sessions implies that a failure to correct these issues will likely result in Northrop exiting the contest, as it has threatened, and Boeing winning a sole-source contract that is not in the warfighter’s or taxpayer’s best interest. “This will be a stain on the integrity of DOD’s procurement process that will not be removed for decades,” he warns. (Complete floor speech)
The Air Force is a user of cyber infrastructure but isn't good at creating it, and so should rely on industry systems to stay ahead in the "arms race" of hacking attacks, service chief scientist and former DARPA director Victoria Coleman said on an AFA Mitchell Institute streaming event.
The military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is speeding up, with five facilities now handed over to the Afghan government and about 115 C-17s loads of material flown out of the country. U.S. Central Command reported May 18 that more than 5,000 pieces of material also have been turned over to the…
The Air National Guard is moving ahead with its plans to base new C-130Js at four bases in Kentucky, West Virginia, Texas, and Georgia, after an election-year controversy in which the Air Force was blasted for the timing of its preferred location announcement. The Air Force announced in November it…
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