Boeing said it may pull out of the competition to win a $40 billion contract to build new, aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force unless the Pentagon agrees to give it more time to submit a new bid.…
Boeing spokesman Dan Beck said the company needs six months to put together a new bid because it thinks the Air Force has changed the requirements and is now asking for a plane that can carry more fuel. Beck said the four additional months are needed to do further price analysis and engineering work to propose a different plane.
The competitive threat to Boeing of Airbus building commercial A330 jets as well as tankers in Alabama has for now been pushed out.
The original bidding process was deemed to have contained “significant errors“ by the Government Accountability Office after European-based Northrop Grumman/Airbus was awarded the contract instead of the Chicago-based Boeing Co.
Economic Policy Institute economist Robert Scott has said that Boeing would create nearly twice as many U.S. jobs as Airbus. In total that would account for roughly 14,000 U.S. jobs. He has also found that NG/Airbus’ estimates for employment impact in America are inflated by at least 45 percent and possibly as much as 179 percent.
Should the Air Force again side with Airbus, they are making a grave mistake. Airbus’ plane does not meet military specifications, places America’s servicemen/women in danger and compromises national security. Boeing has successfully produced the tanker for the past 50 years, demonstrating it deserves this future contract. America's role in producing planes for its own military may end if Boeing loses this contract.
Nearly three years ago, behind closed doors, appropriators slipped a $30 billion rider in the FY2002 Defense Appropriations Bill. This rider authorized the Air Force to lease from Boeing up to 100 767s for use as aerial refueling tankers. Before the rider appeared in the bill, Air Force leadership never came to the authorizing committees about it. In fact, tankers have never come up in either the President’s budget or the Defense Department’s unfunded priority list. The Air Force’s Tanker Lease Program was borne of a virgin birth.
About two months ago, Ms. Druyun was sentenced to nine months in prison on public corruption charges. Her crime: negotiating the $30 billion deal with Boeing while negotiating with Boeing for a job. Ms. Druyun’s sentencing occurred months after Boeing’s board of directors fired her and former Chief Financial Officer Michael Sears for misconduct arising from the tanker negotiations. Boeing’s Chief Executive Officer Phil Condit soon left the company under a cloud of suspicion.
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