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The Air Force tanker drama continues...

The ongoing saga between Northrop Grumman/EADS, Boeing, the Air Force, Congress, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) continues to languish on in the face of an aging tanker fleet. Northrop Grumman/EADS formally won the contract earlier this year -- the $35B contract would have given the Air Force 179 Airbus A330-based KC-45 aircraft to replace 531 KC-135 tankers.

Boeing filed an official protest of the deal with the GAO in early March and received redemption in mid-June when the GAO agreed that errors were made during the selection process. "We recommended that the Air Force reopen discussions ... obtain revised proposals, re-evaluate the revised proposals, and make a new source selection decision, consistent with our decision," said the GAO at the time.

It now appears that Boeing isn't quite satisfied with just having the competition reopened -- according to the Wall Street Journal, it now wants more time to design a suitable aircraft to meet the Air Force's needs or it is threatening to walk away from the competition altogether. Boeing now wants an additional six months to submit a proper bid that the Air Force would be willing to accept.

"I think the option we would have if we were not given the six months, there is a really high likelihood that we would no-bid the program," said Boeing defense unit head Jim Albaugh.

The Defense Department is already considering giving both Northrop Grumman/EADS and Boeing two additional months to submit new bids for the competition according to close sources, but Boeing's Albaugh said that is not enough. "This is an airplane that's going to be in the inventory 40 years. What we're asking for is an additional four months to have a meaningful competition."

For Boeing, the request for more time and the threat of a "no-bid" is somewhat of a payback to Northrop Grumman/EADS which performed a similar feat back in 2007. The maneuvering by Northrop Grumman/EADS forced the Air Force to make some changes to the requirements for the competition that put Boeing's entry at a disadvantage.

Boeing's current proposal is based around a 767-200 airframe -- it is simply too small and doesn't meet the fuel capacity requirements of the Air Force. Albaugh acknowledges that without the extra time to bid a larger version of the 767-200, it will lose the contract.

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RE: This is getting ridiculous...
By MrBlastman on 8/22/2008 6:34:06 PM , Rating: 2
This is about National Defense and Security, not everyday commerce. Like I said before - I love foreign trade and co-operation when it comes to civilian matters.

When you involve things which help defend and protect the structural integrity of our freedoms, no compromises should be made. This includes outsourcing our work.

How can you expect us to compromise our national security and well-being in any reasonable fashion?

This is where the difference is. Re-read my post ;)

Oh, and if you don't want our F-35's that is fine. Your Eurofighters and Rafael's are fine aircraft in their own respect. You also have the Mirage 2000 which I, an American, drool over.

RE: This is getting ridiculous...
By michael67 on 8/23/2008 2:22:07 AM , Rating: 2
shale we disbanden NATO then also because whats the point.

And whit the "100% US only" aditude America is runing in to the same problems the USSR was running.
Spending way to mouths on militairy, US economics is all ready crumbeling under the stress of to mouths spending on militairy.

And American militairy contractors are getting away riping off "US tax payers", just by waving the flag.
Its a shame most of you dont see it.

Fear is a mouths easyer emotion to controle by leaders, then let people see positive tings.
Why do you tink there are so many negitive politacal campains?

I would strongly advice all fans of the “only 100% American” model (actually everyone left ore right) to take a good look at the documentaries of Adam Curtis how American society is manipulated to adopt a extreme form of Capitalism and Nationalism, by the "captains of industry" because they ware scared shirtless they would loose there power to control society and make more money.

He analyses not only US but global history by the use of psychoanalysis, these documentaries are very powerful to open up eyes left and right, and are also not left ore right orientated as he is evenly harsh on left as on right wing party's.

It will also show in “The century of self” that for example one of America's greatest presidents, “Roosevelt” would even bin seen by curren average EU standards as "EXTREEMLY LEFT"
“The power of nightmares” is a good start also “The century of self” is also very good

watching these multiple prize wining documentaries “could” change the way you look at the world.
Imho these docu’s should be shown to every one above 16 years of age.
(The complexity of the subject’s here, make it unsuitable for anyone younger)

Anyway worst thing that could happen is you waste a hour of your time, but on the other hand you could start to learn why other people think different then you, ore like now “me thinking different then you”.
Just remember these are BBC and not FOX docu’s they require some thinking on your part.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it;
Those who fail to learn history CORRECTLY.. are simply doomed.

Don't remember ware the quote comes from but it has a lot of truth in it.

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