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Welcome Back: The Air Force will be the source-selection authority in the KC-X tanker contest, which is set to restart shortly, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday in his remarks at AFA's Air & Space Conference. His announcement, which returns to the Air Force the final say in deciding upon the new tanker design that will replace its Eisenhower-era KC-135s, was greeted with a round of applause. "I have confidence that the KC-X selection authority is in good hands with the service's leadership team," Gates said. Although the Air Force will now be the lead again, Gates said OSD "will continue to have a robust oversight." Continue