Do good things really come to those who wait?
In terms of the KC-X acquisition process, Defense analyst James Hasik writes that the answer is a qualified “yes”. Eight years later, Boeing’s proposed offer in 2010 beat the price tag on the infamous 2002 lease deal by about $16 million per aircraft, he writes. But he cautions that the true costs of the eight-year delay (2003-2011) have yet to be calculated
“I might hold my comments under some guard until the last KC-135R lands on its final flight. The accident rate could conceivably still spike, leading us all to wring out hands about the tragedy of the delay. But barring that, this simple serial incompetence may have played out usefully. The wait may have saved the US government a billion dollars or so, and today, it needs every billion it can find.”