Sen. Brownback Tells Dept. of Defense Not to Rush Things

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Sam Brownback says the Air Force shouldn't do anything that could make either company drop out of the competition to win the contract to replace the aging tanker fleet.

The Department of Defense met with Boeing officials on Tuesday to discuss a draft of its new request for proposals for the aerial tankers.

Brownback says the Air Force wants its final RFP to go out in mid-August.

"The Pentagon needs to take the time to get this contract right, including having extensive discussions with the competitors. Creating an unrealistic schedule only invites more controversy and risks further delay. The Department of Defense shouldn't rush the parameters of a $35 billion contract so vital to our national security, our warfighters and our taxpayers," Brownback said in a statement released Wednesday.

The Air Force originally awarded the contract to Northrop Grumman and its European partner EADS.

A study by The Government Accountability Office prompted by a protest by Boeing found that the Air Force violated the terms of its solicitation.

The DOD is working on a new RFP and is taking comments from potential bidders before finalizing the document.

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