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Air Force KC-X Tanker Contract Award to be Announced
DOD ^ | 24 Feb 2011 | US Dept. Of Defense

Posted on 02/24/2011 10:31:17 AM PST by pepperdog

No. 018-11 February 24, 2011

Air Force KC-X Tanker Contract Award to be Announced

Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz will announce the KC-X tanker contract award at 5:10 p.m. EST, Feb. 24, in the Pentagon Briefing Room (2E973).

Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.

This news conference will also stream live on the Pentagon Channel website, http://www.pentagonchannel.mil, and a transcript will be posted at http://www.defense.gov/transcripts.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airforce; boeing; kc; tanker
Hoping....
1 posted on 02/24/2011 10:31:21 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: pepperdog

hoping we buy the American plane instead of the French one,,,


2 posted on 02/24/2011 10:34:03 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: DesertRhino
Hoping we buy the best plane ...
3 posted on 02/24/2011 10:40:11 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: pepperdog

Lawsuit protesting the award to be filed at 5:15 p.m. EST.


4 posted on 02/24/2011 10:42:39 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: DesertRhino

It will be built in Alabama not France. Last time I checked, Alabama was in the USA. Not too sure about Everett WA.


5 posted on 02/24/2011 10:55:01 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: pepperdog

How many tankers will be purchased?


6 posted on 02/24/2011 11:00:49 AM PST by unkus
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To: PatriotGirl827

bookmark for later read


7 posted on 02/24/2011 11:02:31 AM PST by PatriotGirl827 (Lord Jesus, direct my mind, possess my heart, transform my life)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
It will be built in Alabama not France.

Fine, but where are the design engineers? Where do the profits end up? Where are the parts made?

Enquiring minds want to know...
8 posted on 02/24/2011 11:07:01 AM PST by BikerJoe
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Everett is indeed part of the US. Barely.

Edmonds and Mukilteo are nice areas, Everett, not so much.


9 posted on 02/24/2011 11:08:25 AM PST by rahbert (" ..but you know all this. You're a Captain")
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To: BikerJoe

Mumbai and Bangalore.


10 posted on 02/24/2011 11:11:25 AM PST by rahbert (" ..but you know all this. You're a Captain")
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Not sure, around 180 was what I heard. But that may be a very old figure. The AF has a history of starting out with a big buy, but it sometimes quickly deflates, i.e., the B-2 ended up with somewhere around 20 something aircraft when it was going to be 100+ at one time. Of course that reduction had a VERY adverse effect on the per aircraft cost. So now they cost somewhere north of two billion.


11 posted on 02/24/2011 11:12:39 AM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: BikerJoe

You have some good questions, but they should be directed at Boeing also. Where are parts made? For Boeing, China and a whole lot of other countries. Where are the Design Engineers? That is already completed. The only difference here is where are the corporate Headquarters. One is in Chicago and the other is in Europe. The impact on the US economy is the same no matter who wins.


12 posted on 02/24/2011 11:30:26 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: DesertRhino

hoping we buy the American plane instead of the French one,,,


So the Boeing one will be built more in the USA than EADS? I don’t think so.

Also, I hope the unions get slapped in the face today. They don’t work and all they do is whine.


13 posted on 02/24/2011 11:35:28 AM PST by boycott (CAL)
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To: BikerJoe

Fine, but where are the design engineers? Where do the profits end up? Where are the parts made?


Fine, but where are the design engineers?

Most in Mobile, AL right now and in North Carolina.


Where do the profits end up?

Boeing has been cheating taxpayers for years. Time for the taxpayers to win.


Where are the parts made?

Like Boeing, most will be made in USA. GE making most of them.


14 posted on 02/24/2011 11:38:26 AM PST by boycott (CAL)
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To: pepperdog

Thougths (in no particular order):

1. The USAF should choose the aircraft that will best meet their needs.

2. The USAF has no rigorous method for determining which aircraft that will best meet their needs.

3. This is not a jobs program.

4. The process has a tainted history of fraud on the part of contractors and sloppiness on the part of the USAF\government which will continue to haunt every decision forward.

5. Whoever looses, will appeal.

6. The USAF desperately needs new tankers.


15 posted on 02/24/2011 12:01:36 PM PST by TankerKC (Confucius say, he who rushes to vote on bill before reading, might forget severability clause.)
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To: DesertRhino

This one?


16 posted on 02/24/2011 12:04:32 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: TankerKC
7. Proofread before you post.
17 posted on 02/24/2011 12:05:14 PM PST by TankerKC (Confucius say, he who rushes to vote on bill before reading, might forget severability clause.)
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To: boycott

I hate to be the pessimist here, but I gotta think that with a pro-union White House and a Red State/Blue state competition, I would expect that Boeing gets this. Alabama should be the slam-dunk winner here, but I’ll be surprised if it comes out that way.


18 posted on 02/24/2011 12:07:32 PM PST by alancarp (Hi, I could have been in New York state today. So I owe them income taxes for the entire YEAR??)
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To: pepperdog
If these guys pick anything besides an American designed and built plane, by an American firm, Congress needs to intervene.

There's more to this than who "best" meets the specification.

Anyone who believes there is a substantial difference between a Boeing plane and an Airbus plane is smoking crack and delusional.

Airbus got all their stuff from US innovators over decades. Very little REAL R&D occurs at Airbus...yes, the fancy things up...improve various elements here and there. But they essentially copy US Designs.

19 posted on 02/24/2011 1:05:17 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: TankerKC

Thought

1a. And ensure the contractor they select will provide sufficient engineering data, provisioning, training, etc. so the aircraft can be totally supported by military/civilian personnel working for the DOD in the USA and overseas and spares can be procured from the most economical sources. Buying the aircraft is not the only thing, maintaining is quite something else.

Question 3a...why, if the taxpayers are footing the bill shouldn’t they get the jobs?


20 posted on 02/24/2011 1:21:41 PM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: pepperdog
1a. And ensure the contractor they select will provide sufficient engineering data, provisioning, training, etc. so the aircraft can be totally supported by military/civilian personnel working for the DOD in the USA and overseas and spares can be procured from the most economical sources. Buying the aircraft is not the only thing, maintaining is quite something else.

For some reason, that seems to be difficult to secure. The acquisition folks need to make sure they pay for all of the above, rather than just demanding it.

Question 3a...why, if the taxpayers are footing the bill shouldn’t they get the jobs?

Who says they won't? Jobs shouldn't be a deciding factor though.

21 posted on 02/24/2011 1:35:45 PM PST by TankerKC (Confucius say, he who rushes to vote on bill before reading, might forget severability clause.)
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To: pepperdog

Thanks.


22 posted on 02/24/2011 1:42:49 PM PST by unkus
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To: BikerJoe
Fine, but where are the design engineers?

I think Boeing replaced most of its design engineers with Marketing People some 10 years ago.

23 posted on 02/24/2011 2:21:01 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (I disagree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it -Voltaire)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Boeing wins.


24 posted on 02/24/2011 2:22:03 PM PST by alancarp (Hi, I could have been in New York state today. So I owe them income taxes for the entire YEAR??)
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To: pepperdog

The Air Force KC-X Tanker contract goes to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel... I mean, Boeing.


25 posted on 02/24/2011 2:29:39 PM PST by Carl Vehse
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To: alancarp
Boeing wins.

Boeing's offer was more than 1% cheaper than EADS, so other factors like range, fuel capacity etc. - while evaluated beforehand - were not taken into account. EADS, which had the cheaper offer in 2008, had already lowered prices from the previous level, but Boeing with the smaller and somewhat less capable 767 was able to underbid them this time. No surprive given the size of the aircraft and the way the bidding process was structured.

However having EADS in the running saved the taxpayer a heck of a lot of money.
26 posted on 02/24/2011 2:33:55 PM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: TankerKC
Wichita Kansas will get some of the work....with a Boeing win.

With the C-17 coming to an end in the Long Beach CA facility maybe something will be done out here.

27 posted on 02/24/2011 2:59:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: alancarp

Boeing wins? Big surprise. Will they get it built? I’m still waiting for them to deliver the first 787 to a customer.


28 posted on 02/24/2011 5:40:21 PM PST by newzjunkey
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