With perhaps less than one month until the Air Force chooses the KC-X tanker supplier, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) announced Dec. 13, 2010, that he is still pushing for World Trade Organization rulings on aircraft subsidies to be a factor in the Air Force's decision. He is calling on his House colleagues to ensure that the final version of Fiscal 2011 defense authorization legislation retains House language that would force the Air Force to consider the WTO rulings. So far, the Defense Department has been able to keep trade issues out of the KC-X source selection. Here, a KC-135, the tanker type that KC-X will replace, takes off from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, Feb. 16, 2010.
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