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​Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, addresses an AFA-sponsored, Air Force breakfast crowd in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 24, 2015. Staff photo by Bridget Dongu.

A long-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded into the new fiscal year could require the Air Force to renegotiate some contracts, like the KC-46, possibly undoing agreed-upon terms, said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, on Thursday. Speaking at an AFA-sponsored Air Force breakfast, Bunch said a CR of any sizable length will “impact” the rate at which the F-35, KC-46, and other programs are bought next year. “If we get a yearlong continuing resolution ... there is a chance that we may have to go in and open up some contracts that ... I don’t think any of us want to [renegotiate] right now,” Bunch said. USAF might “look for a waiver” from Congress to ensure the KC-46 is not affected by the CR rules, keeping the project on track, he told reporters afterwards. The KC-46 is a fixed-price-incentive development contract. The past few F-35 lots also have been fixed-price, and new F-35 lots are under negotiation now. Bunch said beyond the “50ish” new starts that would be halted by a CR, there are other projects in the development world “not captured” in that number, that would be affected even​ though they “may not even be fully started yet.” Overall, the CR “would have a dramatic impact on our Air Force,” and acquisition officials are studying the “ripple effects” of any workarounds, he said.