VIDEO: Schwartz suggests GE, Rolls pay more on F136

Appearing at the National Press Club today, Gen Norton Schwartz had a message for the General Electric/Rolls-Royce team building the controversial F136 alternate engine for the F-35 fighter:

I don’t deny that competition mightwell result in some savings over the long-run. The question is whether we canafford it in the short-term. And I have to be candid that if Rolls and GE areso confident that their product will succeed and bring value to the taxpayer, itwould be nice if they put a little bit more against that $1.9 billion bill thatthey want the taxpayer to undertake.”


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3 Responses to VIDEO: Schwartz suggests GE, Rolls pay more on F136

  1. ELP 12 October, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    Even though the F-35 is a DOD program, now you know why the last day of the AFA conference you could hear crickets chirping after speeches.

    No money. No crowd.

    And for this, the USAF proves yet again, it has poor procurement ability not just in execution, but the message.

    Pauper USAF

  2. Atomic Walrus 13 October, 2010 at 5:18 am #

    The problem with this speech is that the funding decisions are made by politicians, not engineers. GE & Rolls will continue to receive development funding so long as they can make enough politicians believe it’s in their interest. The same applies to the thousands of earmarks added to the DOD budget every year to fund pet projects in constituencies across the US. Procurement has gotten to where it is because of politicians, not the Air Force. There are plenty of large companies with labyrinthine bureaucracies who manage large projects with a far better track record than DoD.

  3. jetcal1 13 October, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Surely you’re not suggesting a Murthafest style of procurement? Could you possibly be implying that procurement is based more on the capability of the lobbyist than the weapon?

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