Is there finally light at the end of the
tunnel? We surely hope so because today the USAF -- for the third time --
announced a winner of the lucrative KC-X tanker contract. Boeing won the first
time around, but the contract was rescinded. Northrop-EADS won
when the contract was put into play for a second time, but Boeing
successfully lobbied to have the award
This time Boeing has been awarded the contract to produce 179
aircraft to replace the aging fleet of KC-135 tankers. The tanker will be designated KC-46A and the
first deliveries will occur in 2017. Boeing says that the KC-46A will support 50,000 jobs and 800 suppliers across 40 states."We're honored to be given the opportunity to build the Air Force's next tanker and provide a vital capability to the men and women of our armed forces," said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. "Our team is ready now to apply our 60 years of tanker experience to develop and build an airplane that will serve the nation for decades to come.""This contract award would not have been possible without the hundreds of Boeing employees across the entire company, and the thousands of our industry teammates, who remained laser-focused on our commitment to offer a solution that is first in capability and best in value,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "This award is also a tribute to the Air Force and Defense Department officials who worked so tirelessly to make this procurement process fair, ultimately resulting in the selection of the right plane for the mission. We look forward to working with our Air Force customer to deliver this much needed capability to the servicemen and women we are honored to serve.""What a great day for The Boeing Company, and for the 11,000 aerospace workers in Washington state alone that will play a role in assembling the NewGen tanker," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire. "Following an open, transparent process, the Department of Defense realized what I’ve been saying all along – and that is that Boeing has designed the safest, most cost-effective tanker to serve both our military and our taxpayers well. "I commend The Boeing Company for its determination and tremendous work to land this contract. This was an arduous process, and Boeing deserves our praise for its commitment to its workforce, as well as the men and women that serve in the U.S. Air Force."EADS will have a chance to protest this latest verdict, but there isn't any indication at this time that it will.
quote: workers are human beings, deserve respect, and have a right to fair treatment
quote: Obama and his business buddies made more economic agreements with China recently
quote: This isn't about drinking and smoking weed.
quote: All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public-personnel management. The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people.
quote: The vast majority of Americans agree with Scott Walker.
quote: Polling shows that overwhelming majorities of Wisconsinites support collective bargaining. Overwhelming majorities are very upset with what the Governor is doing.
quote: the no-bid contracts, the giveaway of Medicaid, Medicare and SeniorCare, and obviously the loss of worker rights that have been fought and died for for the last 50 years. So this is really probably the worst bill to come in Wisconsin
quote: Unions are one of the main reasons most manufacturing has left the US.
quote: There is absolutely no doubt that unions are eroding the competitiveness of the U.S. At its most basic level, unionization is the monopolization of a supplied service (labor), and if you understand basic economics, you understand why this lack of open and free competition is damaging to any economy. Unions use this monopoly to extort ever growing benefits that have no bearing on the supply and demand for this service, distorting and misalocating the efficient use of resources.
quote: Why is the average US worker more skilled and efficient? Because all the ones that are not have seen their jobs shipped off to China or elsewhere. The reason the US has a highly automated production industry is because it is more costly and less accurate to have the so claimed skilled US workers doing the job than it is to build a custom machine and robotics system to do the same job. Look everywhere and you see that automation is heavily found whereever we still have jobs. Next look at trends the US is importing way more than it exports in most sectors. Time after time you see one industry after another being pulled apart and sent overseas. We may look OK now but what will we looked like in the future.
quote: I do agree that it is part of their job to represent their constituents, but I would personally have a problem if my senator pushed a product (or promoted a bill, etc) simply to gain appeal (i.e. "re-elect me!") rather than for the good of the country.
quote: LOL that type of blatant protectionism would put the US in hot water with the WTO. And with the economy you refer to that is not something the US needs.