Shelby to Gates: Tanker Needed Now!

WASHINGTON, D.C., (WSFA) -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to urge the Department of Defense to quickly move forward with a plan to replace our aging tanker fleet. 

"The Department of Defense has a responsibility to our men and women in uniform to replace the aging tanker fleet quickly," said Shelby. "We are a nation at war, sending our pilots into battle on planes that are largely older than they are. Now is the time to bring this needed capability to the warfighter. I encourage the Department of Defense to move past politics and acquire the best plane for our armed forces as quickly as possible."

On September 10, 2008, Sec. Gates terminated the tanker replacement program competition to allow the next Administration to craft a new acquisition strategy.