Defense Secretary Robert Gates told House defense appropriators that the Pentagon has no intention of changing the Air Force's KC-X tanker requirements in the hopes of securing a bid from European aerospace giant EADS, parent of Airbus, March 24, 2010. Gates also said the WTO's ruling on the previous day that Airbus has received improper aircraft subsidies in the past has no effect right now on the KC-X acquisition. Here, Gates is flanked by Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert. Hale, Pentagon comptroller, as he testifies before the House Appropriations Committee's defense panel, March 24, 2010.
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