Members of the House Appropriations defense panel want the Air Force to explain—in detail—just what selection criteria it used in the combat search and rescue helicopter replacement program, reports Roxana Tiron of The Hill. The CSAR-X program already is under a second Government Accountability Office review,causing concern that the service will not be able to make a new award by this fall, thereby delaying the critical replacement of old CSAR helicopters. Last year’s award to Boeing’s HH-47 continued to evoke considerable controversy, even after USAF acceded to a GAO ruling and reopened the competition to the original three competitors—Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Sikorsky. The Air Force limited the extent of new proposals, prompting Lockheed and Sikorsky to file new protests with GAO.
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.