‘Not wanting to put any time frames on it’

Pentagon to outline new tanker strategy ‘very soon’

Defense Secretary Robert Gates may “very soon” announce his new strategy for buying aerial refueling tankers, spokesman Bryan Whitman said Thursday.

Whitman declined to say when the announcement would come or whether it would be before a hearing scheduled for Thursday by a House Armed Services Committee panel examining the tanker program.

While I don’t really think that it’s absolutely crucial to get the new tankers in the air, it’s also important to recognize how long it will actually take to begin production and transition over once the program (whatever program it ends up being) gets the green light.

I’ve been blogging about the tanker deal for five years. New tankers in the air actually seem farther out today than they did in 2003.