The Air Force "designed" the acquisition strategy for the KC-X tanker around the possibility of a protest, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told the Daily Report during an interview in the Pentagon, Feb. 25, 2011. Accordingly, Schwartz said, USAF decided to exhaustively document every step it took, keep contractors in the loop as much as possible, and do everything it could to avoid ambiguity—all in hopes of eliminating any cause for a protest. Here, Schwartz (left) stands on the Pentagon briefing room podium, along with (left to right) Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn, and DOD acquisition executive Ash Carter, during the KC-X contract award announcement, Feb. 24, 2011.
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