Competition and the USAF’s Tanker Replacement Program
By: Jacques Gansler, William Lucyshyn
How to structure the air refueling tanker replacement program is one of the most important procurement decisions currently facing the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense. We believe, on the basis of our findings, that since the candidate replacement tankers are both in commercial production, this procurement presents the DoD with an exceptional opportunity to maintain two production sources, and use competitive pressure to obtain the best value for the Air Force (i.e. a savings of over $7 billion; with improved performance).