Update, April 16, 0900 PDT: Reuters moved this story this morning about EADS options dwindling away.
DOD Buzz has this analysis on why EADS needs a partner.
Reuters just moved this report that L-3 is probably out as a potential partner for EADS in a possible KC-X tanker bid.
This sends EADS scrambling for alternatives.
Reuters also reports that political pressure may have had a hand in Northrop Grumman’s decision to withdraw and that political issues may be involved in L-3’s apparent decision to withdraw from consideration.
If true, if political interference is at work, “incendiary” won’t even begin to cover the fall-out that could come from this.
The Congressional trade publication The Hill has this story about US Rep. Norm Dicks using a press briefing to tell any potential partner to EADS to not do so. This neatly avoids legal entanglements of inappropriately calling companies to send this message by doing so in the public domain.
DOD Buzz has this report on the same Dicks statement.