USAF skips appeal deadline in GAO ruling

Reuters reports that the USAF skipped filing an appeal of the GAO decision in the tanker protest. This means it’s likely to follow the GAO recommendation to rebid the tanker. The question now is, what does “rebid” mean?… Read More

Touring 787 line

We had the opportunity last week to tour the 787 production line. There is optimism that the program is back on track, though there appears to be an emerging hiccup. We toured the line before information began emerging… Read More

Boeing: Back to the public well

This story in The Seattle Times outlines plans by Washington State legislators to pony up new tax breaks for Boeing for the 737 replacement. The information came out of the new Aerospace Futures Alliance, which media revealed previously… Read More

Aerospace sector tanks

In some non-tanker news, the aerospace sector tanked on the New York markets today. BE Aerospace, down 12.13%, $3.69 to $26.74 Spirit AeroSystems, down 8.63%, $2.04 to $21.60 Boeing: down 6.9%, $5.15 to $69.64. and so on…. Interestingly,… Read More

GAO Report issued

We haven’t read it, but here is it, all 67 pages in PDF form. b-311344__boeing__redacted_decision. Update, 1215 PM PDT: We’ve completed a quick read of the GAO decision. In it, the GAO found–as previously reported–for Boeing on a… Read More

USAF to GAO: Drop Dead

A reader just brought this report to our attention, which if true, is a real bombshell; it’s from DefenseTech.org. Top OSD Officials Think Tanker Deal Can Go Ahead Senior Pentagon and Air Force officials who have read the… Read More

Full GAO report expected this week

The full, 69-page GAO report is expected to be issued this week, redacted of proprietary information. The report could be issued as early as today, we’re told. As soon as we get it, we’ll post it. Meantime, fired… Read More

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

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