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Is Anyone in Charge Here?

By Jim McKenna | November 6, 2007
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Those looking for signs that the U.S. Air Force is finally sorting out its competition for a new combat search and rescue helicopter (CSAR-X) may not find them in the service's latest plan for the acquisition. It unveiled a draft of that plan in a midnight e-mail to competitors Oct. 23, demanding responses within a week. At that time, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne told Congress a new winner of the $10-billion-plus contract would be selected by mid-February. (USAF picked Boeing's CH-47F a year ago, but Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky protested—twice delaying the acquisition.) That conflicted with statements by the USAF chief of staff, Gen. Michael Moseley, that the award would come in mid-2008. Not so fast, Wynne now says. The USAF on Nov. 5 said the target for a new award is "early summer," according to Reuters, which added the service offered no explanation of the change. For related news


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