It was the ultimate Washington cliche: A Pentagon competition for a multibillion-dollar contract that pitted an American company against a foreign one — and states versus other states for precious skilled jobs.
Oh, and the American firm’s headquarters just happened — due to the Air Force’s inability the previous decade to complete a competition — to be in the same city from which the president of the United States hailed.
Cliche Alert: The Air Force’s KC-X competition was a political hot potato.
So what did the Obama White House want to know about the competition, according to one former top Pentagon official, before it was over? Not. One. Thing. More