Also overheard at yesterday’s nomination hearing for the new chief of staff and secretary of the air force: General Norton Schwartz and Michael Donley, respectively.
HILLARY CLINTON: I was struck whenthe spokesperson indicated that the air force could not and did not take intoconsideration the impact of the [KC-X contract] award on the industrial base. … Title X requiresthe air force to do that …
MICHAEL DONLEY: My generalobservaition is we live in a global marketplace. Attempting to go with US sources only inparticular situations where it seems to advantage one company over another isreally sort of a temporary perspective on where all of these companies are headed. Thisis an international aerospace [sic] and an international business
CLINTON: Well,Mr. Donley, then it won’t surprise you to hear that I disagree. But moreimportantly than my disagreement are the very specific requirements withinTitle X, subtitle A, part 4, chapter 144, section 2440, which reads: ‘Thesecretary of defense shall [ed:
proscribe] prescribe regulations requiring consideration of thenational technology industrial base in the development and implementation ofacquisition plans for each major defense acquisition program’. So I wouldappreciate receiving in writing each of you the specific answer to my questionin relation to Title X.
I’m verywell aware that we live in an international economy. I’m also extremely consciousof the impact of decisions made by our government with taxpayer dollars that undermineour competitiveness for the long-run and eliminate jobs and thereby underminetechnical skill acquisition in a way that will come back to haunt us. So thisis something I take very seriously.