A version of this article appears in the July 7 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. When the U.S. Air Force’s CSAR-X combat search-and-rescue helicopter program was canceled in 2009, it was just another in a multibillion-dollar series of Pentagon procurement mistakes that included the KC-X aerial refueling tanker and VXX presidential helicopter. But in each case the military requirements remained unfulfilled and reemerged in new competitions with tightly constrained ...

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