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paladin
01-30-2009, 05:27 PM
I don't have a dog in this fight (well, sorta, but my butt is covered no matter who wins) but John Murtha strikes me as a weasel, always trying to get his fingers in someone else's pie. I have seen this contract from both sides, I know that Boeing Boeing has some inside problems, there's gonna be a damn good chance that they either will not deliver on time or budget, maybe both, and end up asking for an extension of time (at increased cost) or have a cost overrun (at increased cost). They traditionally underbid a contract and then go back for the overun to make up their shortfall. I would like to see Grumman walk with the contract. Their product is as good, and they deliver on time/budget.



MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- The chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Rep. John Murtha, says he favors splitting a potential $40 billion Air Force refueling tanker contract between two rival aircraft giants.

Murtha, a Pennsylvannia Democrat, made the comment Thursday on a visit to Mobile, which is trying to land the contract for Northrop Grumman/EADS at an Alabama port city site.

The Boeing Co. is also competing for the contract, and Murtha says both corporations should get some of the work.

The Air Force selected Northrop Grumman/EADS for the aerial tanker project last year, but then it reopened the bidding after the Government Accounting Office found flaws with the decision.

Murtha said an alternative approach is needed to get the refueling tankers built.

LeeG
01-30-2009, 06:16 PM
everyone gets a piece of the pie, the machine must be fed.

George Jung
01-30-2009, 06:27 PM
Not getting a lot of attention, Chuck! Perhaps too cut and dried - problem is, most of us know nothing about these companies. Maybe I'll forward this thread to my Congresscritter...

BrianW
01-30-2009, 06:49 PM
Calling them Cold Blooded tankers might get him more face time.

It doesn't have to be correct.

LeeG
01-30-2009, 10:00 PM
hey, maybe Chrysler could get in the process