Kudos to my pal Michael Sirak at the Air Force Association's Daily Report for the good scoop. Read his full article here, but here's an excerpt:
Awarding contracts both to Boeing and Northrop Grumman and having each build new tanker aircraft for the Air Force at a rate of about 15 per year makes sense and should be considered as the way ahead to resolve the KC-X tanker program's current legal impasse, former Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne told the Daily Report yesterday.
"I think a split buy right now is something that we have to examine," Wynne, who stepped down as USAF's top civilian on June 20, said during a sit-down interview. "This is an opportunity to resolve a very tense political issue and still maintain competition."
If he only he had listened to folks like Jacques Gansler, a former Pentagon acquisition executive, and G2's Michel Merluzeau. Both came out for a split buy nearly a year ago. Here's what Merluzeau wrote in November 2007:
Read the signs: what is the best way for the Air Force to avoid a costly, time consuming, emotionally charged and at the end of the day entirely wasteful protest? Split buy.