Twittering Tanker — Again

John Young, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is about to explain to the House Armed Services Committee how he will stage the recompetition of the poor old KC-X contract.

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Here’s my Twitter transcript from the first half of today’s hearing, which featured testimony and a lively Q&A with GAO deputy general counsel Daniel Gordon.




TheDEWLine Younganswers: “We will not give extra credit for additional fuel.” Creditwill be given for threshold. More credit given for more fuel.Icon_star_empty Icon_trash

TheDEWLineMore from Rep Dicks: “You know what’s going to happen. There’s going tobe another protest. And we won’t get anything done.”
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TheDEWLine Rep Dicks, quoted below, is from the Seattle area. The “big, monstrous airplane” he referred to is the KC-30.
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TheDEWLineRep Dicks:You’re going to say that the bigger tanker gets morecredit.This is the wrong decision.You don’t want this big monstrousairplane.
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TheDEWLineYoung says there will be 2 RFP changes. 1) Weighting the relative valueof 808 requirements. 2) Clarifying desire for more fuel offload.
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TheDEWLineRep Miller, of Florida, asks: If Boeing switches to the 777, how willthat affect the evaluation? Young answers there would be a delay.
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TheDEWLineYoung also says that near-term hardware and production costs will bemeasured with “higher-confidence” than lifecycle costs in re-bid.
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TheDEWLineYoung says he doesn’t expect new tanker to survive 40 years. Butrequirements call for a 40-year lifecyle, so that will guide estimates.
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TheDEWLine Young replies: “I may not make the end of the year but I will make every effort to do that.”
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TheDEWLineRep Abercrombie, subcommittee chairman, says: “If don’t finish by theend of the year, then you have to start this thing all over again.”
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TheDEWLine Young just extended his self-imposed deadline for contract award. It’s now “late 2008 or early 2009″.
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TheDEWLineJohn Young, undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics,for DOD is now testifying. We’re about to enter fourth hour of hearing.

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First panel

Inthe end, three Northrop supporters in Congress spoke out at thehearing, but they were heavily outnumbered by Boeing’s allies. Maybe3:1.

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TheDEWLineMiller did not accept Gordon’s assertion that the consulting auditorwas not involved in the final report, but offered no evidence.
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TheDEWLineGordon did acknowledge that 1 member on auditing staff consulted thelawyers working on the tanker protest, but had no role in the report.
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TheDEWLineGordon said the GAO union recruited only members of the auditorsdivision. Lawyers working on the bid protest docket were not involved.
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TheDEWLine GAO’s Gordon defended the GAO’s impartiality to Miller’s charges.
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TheDEWLineThe GAO union’s home page says: IFPTE recognizes GAO employees arebound by … impartiality and non-partisanship in their official work.
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TheDEWLine This is the GAO analysts union that is part of the IFPTE: http://tinyurl.com/5fh3wa
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TheDEWLine Miller represents 1st district of Florida. Panhandle area. Northrop’s tanker team is based in Melbourne, Florida.
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TheDEWLine Miller’s remarks are the first from Congress to challenge GAO’s fairness and impartiality in this case, to my knowledge.
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TheDEWLineMiller says GAO analysts started a join that’s part of IFPTE. IFPTEcame out against Northrop contract and lobbied for Boeing.
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TheDEWLine Jeff Miller, Congressman from Florida, raises intriguing new question in tanker hearing.
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TheDEWLineMark Lindsley, Northrop’s top BD exec for tanker, is in the hearingroom, according to InsideDefense’com’s tanker blog. Boeing reps unseen.
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TheDEWLine If Northrop Grumman’s tanker team has allies in Congress, they haven’t spoken up yet in the today’s hearing.
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TheDEWLineFrom InsideDefense.com’s tanker blog: Rep Jim Saxton, D-New Jersey,claims neutral position, but district adjoins Boeing site in Philly.



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3 Responses to Twittering Tanker — Again

  1. Jimmy 11 July, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    Mr. Young’s last comment, “No extra credit for more fuel…” was pretty confusing there. Which one did he mean?!

  2. Stephen Trimble 11 July, 2008 at 3:09 pm #

    It’s hard to know exactly what he meant, because it is confusing. But my interpretation at the time was that he was quibbling with the use of the term “extra credit”. He was clear that official credit will be given for exceeding the fuel offload threshold. Some might call that extra credit, but my understanding is that Young doesn’t want people to think of it that anyway.

  3. airplanejim 12 July, 2008 at 7:48 pm #

    I am confused as I think the DOD is. Young says no extra credit for size and Gates tells Sen. Levin there will be extra credit given. What’s up?

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