"The profession of arms demands a high standard of relationships between military professionals and the industry that crafts our military means. I am speaking of the unfortunate deterioration of the relationship between the Air Force and industry that of late manifests hyperbole, insensitivity, and a lack of proper communication. It is my personal view that military professionals, including those who have retired from active service, have an obligation to refrain from taking sides in public debates on key acquisition programs. [Spontaneous applause erupts.] We do not want to repeat the KC-X tanker experience."
Schwartz to retired USAF generals/tanker pundits: Shhhhhh!
This line probably got the biggest applause during General Norton Schwartz's keynote address at the AFA convention yesterday, which was a bit odd since the room was full of the very people he was politely asking to stay quiet.
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