1. KC-Xcontract overturned – It embarrassed the US Air Force, embittered Europeanindustrialists and empowered Boeing. On 18 June, the Government AccountabilityOffice sustained Boeing’s protest, nullifying the second deal to recapitalizethe tanker fleet and the first requiring translation into French and German.
2. USAFleadership ousted – On 9 June, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates went nuclearon the air force leadership, ostensibly for failing to safeguard the nuclearstockpile. But nukes clearly weren’t the only issue for Gates, who prefers hisflyboys to focus less on F-22 fighters — and more on f/22 apertures aboard airborne ISR assets.
3. Russia-GeorgiaAir War – In August,
4. DARPAcancels Blackswift – Joining a long and distinguished line-up of recently abortedaerospace science projects, Congress pulled the plug on Blackswift before DARPAcould even award a contract. With Blackswift’s cancellation, the dream ofdemonstrating unmanned, reusable, Mach 6 aircraft dies – or moves to