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Pentagon's 'Dragon lady' But now sentenced to prison for favouring Boeing over Lockheed
NYTimes via Electric New Paper ^ | 11OCT04 | New York Times

Posted on 10/10/2004 1:09:16 PM PDT by familyop


HE had long insisted that her work decisions were strictly professional.

Then, she failed a lie-detector test.

Finally, Darleen Druyun, the No 2 weapons buyer for the US Air Force, admitted that her weapons-buying decisions were influenced by a desire to curry Boeing's favour for herself and her family.

The career of Druyun, once the most powerful woman in the Air Force, is over.

Last week, she was sentenced to nine months in prison, for having steered billions of dollars in air force contracts for four critical weapons systems to Boeing and for having overpaid the company.

In 2001, when the Lockheed Corp lost a US$4 billion ($6.7b) contract to Boeing to upgrade the electronic controls of the C-130 transport plane - a plane that Lockheed itself had designed and built for the Pentagon since the 1950s - military contractors were stunned.

HARSH BLOW

The person handing Lockheed that harsh blow was Druyun, who had the authority to pick and choose among bids for multi-billion-dollar military contracts.

So strong was Druyun's reputation for morally correct behaviour that no-one questioned her decision.

Today, Lockheed is once again in shock. It turns out that it was competing in a rigged game - one in which Druyun now says she favoured Boeing out of gratitude for its hiring of her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend.

Last year, Druyun had also left her civilian position in the Pentagon to take a job at Boeing.

Druyun's downfall has wide consequences for the US$140 billion Pentagon contracting industry, and its political ramifications lead all the way to the White House, where three top administration officials are under investigation.

In addition, Druyun's actions are now the subject of potential lawsuits and a possible reopening of many of Boeing's contracts.

Analysts predict that Boeing could be subject to an outside monitor and forced to pay substantial fines.

The full extent of Druyun's pro-Boeing bias came as a surprise at her sentencing hearing in court last week.

Previously, Druyun's only known misdeed was that she had negotiated a US$250,000 job at Boeing while overseeing Boeing Air Force contracts.

Court papers now show that Druyun, while still at the Pentagon, met in secret with Boeing executives to protect her daughter, a Boeing employee who had received a poor performance review.

After that revelation, Boeing's former chief financial officer, Mr Michael Sears, who negotiated Druyun's employment contract, was fired.

In her three-decade career, Druyun's reputation for toughness as she rose in the male-dominated Pentagon was so strong that she was nicknamed the 'Dragon Lady'.

Many recounted how generals quivered under her attacks. - New York Times.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boeing; chicago; corruption; darleendruyun; defense; douglas; dragonlady; feminism; grumman; illinois; kansas; lockheed; mafia; midwest; midwestern; napalminthemorning; pentagon; wichita; wot
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1 posted on 10/10/2004 1:09:17 PM PDT by familyop
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To: familyop

Isn't Tom Duschellhound's wife a lobbyist for Boeing??


2 posted on 10/10/2004 1:12:31 PM PDT by Perdogg (Dubya - Right Man, Right Job, at the Right Time!)
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To: familyop
GOOD GOD, MAN!!!
3 posted on 10/10/2004 1:12:31 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature
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To: All

...different perspective and title overseas, no? We missed a major part of the real story, but the folks in Singapore didn't.


4 posted on 10/10/2004 1:14:11 PM PDT by familyop (Essayons)
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To: familyop

Disgusting!...Glad she was caught.


5 posted on 10/10/2004 1:14:29 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: familyop

$4 billion is a pretty big bribe to protect your daughter's job.

This will send Boeing even further down the tubes, IMHO. It was a great airplane company in the old days.


6 posted on 10/10/2004 1:15:49 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: familyop

Wonder if she'll be sharing a cell with nartha stewart?


7 posted on 10/10/2004 1:16:52 PM PDT by TheEnigma47 (kerry will NEVER deserve forgiveness for his treachery to America's Military)
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To: familyop
So strong was Druyun's reputation for morally correct behaviour that no-one questioned her decision.

No checks & balances No accountability.....encourages criminal behavior

Jail her and those who conspired with her

imo

8 posted on 10/10/2004 1:17:22 PM PDT by joesnuffy (America needs a 'Big Dog' on the front porch not a easily frightened, whining, French Poodle...)
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To: MEG33

Will she go to Camp Cupcake, the resort "prison," with Martha Stewart?


9 posted on 10/10/2004 1:17:24 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: familyop
When I was taking my acquisition classes, Druyan's name was thrown around like she was the Messiah. Now this.

There will be a million new rules for the "little people" to follow as a result of her stupidity.

10 posted on 10/10/2004 1:18:11 PM PDT by TankerKC (R.I.P. Spc Trevor A. Win'E American Hero)
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To: Cicero

The question is why only 9 months for costing us taxpayers billions of dollars?


11 posted on 10/10/2004 1:18:17 PM PDT by sharkhawk (I want to go to St. Somewhere)
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To: K4Harty
Hardly compares does she?


12 posted on 10/10/2004 1:19:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TheEnigma47
Wonder if she'll be sharing a cell with nartha stewart?

Not if Stewart's luck holds out.

/john

13 posted on 10/10/2004 1:20:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (D@mmit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: familyop

http://www.murdoconline.net/archives/000077.html

October 28, 2003
Fill 'er up
DefenseTech: NEW SCRUTINY FOR BOEING DEAL

DefenseTech points out two op-eds about the plan to lease Boeing 767 tankers for the Air Force.

David Brooks of the NYT notes

The chief Air Force official pushing the deal was Darleen Druyun. As The Washington Post reported yesterday, Druyun has recently left the Air Force and gone to work for Boeing. She sold her $692,000 northern Virginia home to a Boeing lawyer. Her daughter works for Boeing. None of this may be illegal or even wrong, but is this what makes you proud to be an American?
and
First, this whole mess started because the Air Force can't pay for new tankers up front, so it tried to push back the costs by leasing. Maybe it's time to stop trying to run a Bush foreign policy on a Clinton defense budget?
Yesterday the WaPo ran a large piece on the proposed deal.
In December 2001, language authorizing the deal -- but providing no money -- emerged in legislation in what Hill veterans refer to as a "virgin birth," meaning it was inserted into the defense appropriations bill after the bill had passed the House and Senate, during closed negotiations between conferees. It was then approved on the House and Senate floors as part of a compromise bill.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), a longtime supporter of expanding federal leasing, has claimed credit for inserting the language. One month before he did so, he received $21,900 in campaign contributions from 31 Boeing executives at a fundraiser in Seattle, where Boeing has many employees.

30 of those 31 had not contributed to Mr. Stevens within the past 10 years. And Darleen Druyun? Get a load of this:
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Boeing pressed the idea with new vigor. Airlines had deferred commercial orders for 767s, and Boeing laid off thousands of employees at plants in Everett, Wash. But the Air Force had not even listed tankers among its "unfunded priorities" in 2001, a multibillion-dollar wish list of weapons it wanted but could not afford. The Air Force had no money to buy the tankers, so on Sept. 25, 2001, the company's top executives met with Darleen A. Druyun, then a senior Air Force acquisitions officer, at the Pentagon to work out a lease deal instead.

Druyun agreed at the meeting, according to notes taken by Boeing, not only to promote the leasing idea on Capitol Hill but also to find needed money by cutting back a comparatively inexpensive modernization program for existing tankers -- an arrangement, Boeing and the Air Force have acknowledged, that will retire flightworthy tankers early to procure new ones.

(Emphasis mine) Is there ANYTHING about this deal that doesn't stink? I've been skeptical of the actual NEED for new tankers, but readers will recognize that I'm all for making sure our military has the hardware it need to fight this war. The plan to cut back maintenance of the existing tankers, though, is a clear signal that new tankers aren't needed. At least not as soon as lease-backers would have us believe.
In November 2001, the Air Force drafted a document spelling out what capabilities the new tankers must have. Col. Mark Donohue, an official in the air mobility office, promptly sent it to Boeing for private comment, and the company sought, and received, concessions so the requirements matched what the 767 could do. The Air Force agreed to drop a demand that the new tankers match or exceed the capabilities of the old ones.
I've heard this before, but it's never been clear what that specification was.
Asked a month ago about Boeing's travails, [President] Bush spoke about trying to "help the worker, help the economy" by funding the construction of new planes. About the tanker leasing deal, he said, "I think it's going to go through."
How does overspending for something that you don't need "help the economy"? It helps Boeing, for sure, and helps THOSE workers, but isn't cutting taxes then turning around and squandering what's left just a little ludicrous?

If we really need tankers, buy them. Make some hard decisions. And I don't have a problem buying from Boeing, even if AirBus had a slightly better offer. If we're going to spend, we should spend in America unless it's stupid to do so. But first we need to be sure we really need to spend. We could sure buy a lot of Interceptor body armor for $5.6 billion.

Posted by murdoc at October 28, 2003 01:08 PM | Military & Defense


14 posted on 10/10/2004 1:21:20 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: familyop

Another Clintonista


15 posted on 10/10/2004 1:22:16 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: sharkhawk

Does she get to keep her pension?

Any restitution?

Disgusting. Up against the wall, shoot her, invoice the daughter for the bullet.


16 posted on 10/10/2004 1:22:28 PM PDT by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: familyop
Analysts predict that Boeing could be subject to an outside monitor and forced to pay substantial fines.

Let's hope so. Boeing has a duty to its shareholders to compete tooth-and-nail for government business, but Boeing also has a duty to the customer, the taxpayer and to itself, to deal honestly when it deals with government. I hope the executives that were complicit in this deal are charged appropriately.

17 posted on 10/10/2004 1:22:45 PM PDT by elbucko ( Feral Republican)
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To: familyop
9 months seems awfully short for this offense.

The cost to the government will be in the millions, the cost to the losing contractors was in the 10's of millions, and re-opening any contracts will mean our defense forces get necessary equipment late.

18 posted on 10/10/2004 1:23:49 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: familyop

http://www.counterpunch.org/stclair01072003.html

CounterPunch

January 7, 2003

Pentagon, Inc.
The Godmother of Boeing Makes a Soft Landing
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR

Darleen Druyun proudly calls herself the Godmother of the C-17, the unwieldy transport plane that will be doing much of the heavy lifting during the roll up to Bush's war on Iraq. The plane's performance has gotten mixed reviews, but as chief acquisitions officer at the Air Force Druyun pushed relentlessly to have more of those cargo planes bought and at a premium price. As a kicker, Druyun drafted a quaint provision that would have inoculated the C-17 contract from any pesky government oversight over the likely runaway costs of the program. By the way, the C-17 is made by Boeing.

Druyun's unceasing efforts at the Pentagon to push this sweetheart deal on behalf of Boeing eventually prompted an internal investigation by the Defense Department's Inspector General and even aroused a rare public rebuke from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Druyun recently left the Pentagon, but now she has made a soft landing at the very company she had labored for so zealously in public office: Boeing.

In a January 3 company press release, Boeing executives gloated that Druyun will head up the company's missile defense division headquartered in Washington, DC. This is one of the more plum positions in town. Boeing is the prime contractor for what the Pentagon calls the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Segment and serves as the lead contractor for the Missile Defense National Team's Systems Engineering and Integration program. These contracts have already generated billions in revenues for Boeing, but much more is on the way. The company expects to do a brisk business now that Bush has officially jettisoned the ABM Treaty and given the greenlight for the rapid deployment of the latest version of the Star Wars scheme. Druyun's duties at Boeing will also include hawking the Airborne Laser program and the Patriot anti-missile system, which seems likely to get another big boost in sales to Israel and Kuwait with the upcoming war on Iraq.

"Darleen Druyun helped drive acquisition reform within the Air Force," said James Evatt, Boeing's senior vice-president for its Defense programs. "Her 'Lightning Bolt' initiatives, which jump-started the reform process. Her personal passion and drive are well known within the defense industry, and we expect her to be a key player in our future success."

Pentagon watchdogs have a somewhat different recollection of Druyun's tenure at the Air Force. They say that the Godmother's initiatives favored the defense contractors, while looting the treasury and putting Air Force pilots in relatively untested and even unsafe planes. The C-17 affair is perhaps the most brazen example of her labors on behalf of the weapons lobby.

In 1990, Congress approved an Air Force plan to buy 120 C-17s from Boeing for $230 million apiece. That contract runs out later this year. In the fall of 2000, the Air Force said it wanted another 60 planes. But Boeing wanted to sell them many more. And they engaged in a bit of blackmail to get their way. Boeing officials claimed that they couldn't afford to keep the C- 17 in production unless they built a minimum of 15 planes each year. Yet, the even the Air Force admitted it didn't need that many planes. And the General Accounting Office contends that the Air Force actually only requires about 100 heavy transport planes, 20 fewer than it has already got. With other big ticket items like the F-22 and the Joint Strike Force Fighter on the Air Force's wish list, the C-17 seemed unlikely to survive congressional scrutiny.

So a plan was hatched to make the new fleet of planes quasi-private. Under this scenario, some of the C-17s would essentially be rented out to private haulers, who would then be in a position to receive financial kickbacks for using the aircraft. According to Pentagon sources, the idea to reclassify the C-17 contract from a military to a commercial project originated with Boeing. It's not hard to figure out what office they went to with the idea. This scheme contained another nifty prize for Boeing. By reclassifying the deal as a commercial operation, it alleviated many of the detailed reporting requirements that go along with defense contracts.

Druyun seized on the idea and wrapped the program in the then ripe rhetoric of the Clinton/Gore reinventing government scheme. "This program is very appealing to all parties involved: the Air Force, the commercial operators, the manufacturers and the American taxpayer," Druyun boasted in December of 2000. In a sign of things to come, this quote appeared in a Boeing press release.

Druyun also raved that the new contract would enable Boeing to employ "streamlined processes" in the production of the plane--never a welcome sign when it comes to building military aircraft, at least from the pilot's point of view.

All this prompted the Pentagon's chief testing official to object the plan as a potentially hazardous operation. "Policies and procedures flowing from the push toward commercial acquisition are leading the C-17 down a risky path," wrote Philip Coyle, then director of the Defense Department's Operational Test and Evaluation Division. "A lack of fiscal, technical, and testing realism may be creating fleets that cannot meet effectiveness, sustainability, or interoperability requirements."

After the scheme was exposed by the Project on Government Oversight and by a subsequent report in CounterPunch, the C-17 plan fell apart. When the dust finally settled, Druyun cashed in her chips with Boeing. Now she's stalking bigger game: missile defense, a multi-billion dollar bonanza for defense contractors, with Boeing at the head of the trough.

"Ms. Druyun is now officially an employee of the company whose interests she so ardently championed while she was supposedly representing the interests of the taxpayers," says Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight. "This is one of the most egregious examples of the government revolving door in recent memory."

Of course, plucking operatives from the halls of the Pentagon is nothing new for Boeing. Over the years, the company has festooned its corporate board and the halls of its lobby shop with a bevy of top brass.

Recently, Boeing's board has boasted both former Defense Secretary William Perry and John M. Shalikashvili, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2001, Boeing also hired Rudy de Leon, Clinton's Deputy Secretary of Defense, to run its Washington office. Although De Leon is known as a proud hawk and a masterful dealmaker, his hiring may have been a rare misstep for Boeing, since congressional Republicans howled that the company should have picked one of their own from the Pentagon's rolls.

But by adding the Godmother of the C-17 to the company's DC hangar, the defense contractor seems to be well on the road toward making amends and, naturally, fattening Boeing's bottom line courtesy of the federal treasury.

Jeffrey St. Clair can be reached at: stclair@counterpunch.org


19 posted on 10/10/2004 1:25:53 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: joesnuffy

Here's the beauty.
My new favorite Congressman, Christopher Shays, is now requesting Sarbanes-Oxley accountability for agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mae.
If this catches on (and it will if Bush gets another term), all government agencies will have to be monitored under these laws and more largesse and corruption will be exposed.


20 posted on 10/10/2004 1:26:30 PM PDT by mabelkitty (W is the Peoples' President ; Kerry is the Elite Establishment's President)
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