Tanker Wars have ripped a page right out of the Clinton Obama nastiness playbook. And they are getting ugly.
Boeing has launched a newspaper ad campaign claiming that the Air Force’s selection of Northrup Grumman/EADS to build the new generation refueling tanker is unfair. Boeing says it was cheated on cost, risk, past performance, mission capability and size requirement. The summary reads as follows:
"The bottom line is that the selection process for the KC-X was flawed by countless irregularities.
In the evaluation, selection criteria were misapplied, the RFP was disregarded and the requirements
of the Federal Acquisition Regulation were not adhered to—resulting in the selection of a much
larger, more vulnerable, less capable and ultimately more costly offering. It’s a decision that doesn’t
add up; not for the warfighter or the taxpayer.And one that should not stand."
Boeing’s ad heavily citicizes the Air Fiorce selection process..much more than Northrup Grumman/EADS.
With $$35-40B contract at stake, North Grumman/EADS is not taking it lying down, counterting with propaganda on a web site with the URL comebackhometomobile.com. Mobile, Ala., is where final assembly of its proposed tanker would be completed.
I also have been getting unsolicited pro-Northrup Grumman/EADS e-mails from someone or something named America’s New Tanker. However, I cannot find the source of these e-mails nor a web site to clarify its identity.