GAO decision–only the tip of the iceberg?

Newsweek has a piece about US Sen. John McCain and the KC-X tanker competition, quoting an unidentified Pentagon official about McCain’s involvement. This is the first article we’ve seen quoting a Pentagon official. As readers know, we were… Read More

Economist piece on Airbus

In a welcome reprieve from the tanker saga, here’s an interesting piece about Airbus and the A380 from The Economist.

What’s next on the tanker?

We’ve been asked by media across the country, What’s next for the tanker competition? We stated our position long ago: if Boeing lost the protest, it should accept the GAO decision. On the other hand, if the Air… Read More

Details beginning to emerge in tanker ruling

All those interested in the GAO tanker decision are waiting for the 69-page decision to be sanitized of proprietary information, but one detail about life cycle cost emerged, according to this Bloomberg report: that Boeing wound up with… Read More

GAO sustains Boeing’s protest

In another stunning twist in the USAF tanker contract, the GAO sustained the Boeing protest over the award to Northrop Grumman. In a three page press release, the GAO sustained Boeing on key elements of the protest while… Read More

Waiting with bated breath

It didn’t take long for one of our readers to e-mail us that the headline for our Corporate Website update today (June 17) had a misspelling: Waiting with baited breath. Well, be that as it may–we said it… Read More

On the road

We’re on an extended travel schedule, so there won’t be much in the way of updates on this site. In advance of the anticipated June 19 GAO decision on the tanker competition, we’ll have some documents to post… Read More

Lots of Boeing, Airbus, tanker news

It’s been a busy 24 hours. In no particular order: Boeing drops out Boeing has dropped out of its participation to build the Joint Cargo Aircraft, called the C27J, because it could not reach a financial arrangement with… Read More

Top Air Force officials “resign”

Reuters just moved this report: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Michael Moseley intend to resign, a congressional source told Reuters on Thursday. The resignations come after a series… Read More

Lockheed praises Tanker Decision

In what can only fall into the “wow” category, Lockheed Martin–the USA’s #1 defense contractor–praised the US Air Force for looking beyond the US shores in awarding the KC-X tanker contract to a consortium consisting of Northrop Grumman… Read More