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KC-X: The Podcast

Tanker Wars – Round One of 2010 IAGblog Podcasts

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Who needs Northrop Grumman anyway?

While we’re all waiting for Northrop Grumman to decide whether it wants to play, let’s consider what could happen if they don’t submit a bid for the $35 billion tanker contract.In the absence of a Northrop-led proposal, what would stop EADS North America from submitting its own bid for the KC-X deal?I can think of […]

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Israel unveils the scandal-free KC-767 tanker

I write about the KC-X tanker competition, so I naturally think that building a tanker is a complex undertaking requiring at least one decade to sign a contract, and at least two major acquisition scandals followed by a political stalemate and a transatlantic trade war.But it’s refreshing to remember that there are still some parts […]

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Headline typo sends “NG” tanker to Wichita – briefly

My Google alert for KC-X caused me a few moments of wild panic this morning. The headline for the Wichita Eagle story on my blackberry screen read: “ng would finish tankers in Wichita”. Stop the press! Briefly ignoring the weirdly lower-case “ng”, my mind instantly translated the headline as, “Northrop Grumman would finish tankers in […]

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KC-X fuel offload breakdown

Gen Arthur Lichte, chief of Air Mobility Command, probably put it best. When I asked Lichte two weeks ago if the US Air Force would change its “more is better” philosophy on fuel offload for the KC-X contract winner, Lichte replied: “Certainly, when you are talking about replacing a tanker, fuel is important.”The draft request […]

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KC-X: Does Lichte still want a “more” tanker?

When the US Air Force announced on February 29, 2008 that Northrop Grumman/EADS North America beat Boeing for the KC-X contract, a reporter asked the chief of Air Mobility Command — Gen Arthur Lichte — why. Here’s that exchange: Q: And just to follow, did size matter in this issue? I mean, the KC-30 istwice as […]

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Mobile Press-Register cartoon mocks “Bride of Frankentanker”

Mobile Press-Register How do you know the KC-X tanker contract is back in competition? The Mobile Press-Register’s editorial cartoonist is back on the case! As long as the tanker contract produces satirical art of this quality, may it never stop.

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VIDEO: Boeing KC-X tanker update

[YouTube may still be processing the video. Please check back in a few minutes if the video is not available.] Boeing’s top tanker executive, Dave Bowman, briefed the news media today about his company’s plans to compete for the KC-X tanker contract. Bowman’s presentation was actually a preview of Boeing’s tanker update next Tuesday for […]

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EADS comments on 6-9 month MRTT delay

Australia’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed the first KC-30 will be delivered at least six to nine months late. This delay will surely play a factor in the currently suspended debate about the US Air Force KC-X tanker selection, whenever the incoming Obama administration gets around to restarting source selection.Meanwhile, here’s the EADS statement on […]

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Defense Daily: Obama adviser backs dual-buy strategy for KC-X

Emilie Rutherford at Defense Daily talked to former DOD acquisition chief Paul Kaminiski — now a Senator Barack Obama adviser — about the KC-X contract. She reports this evening on the subscription-only Defense Daily web site: An adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.)said the concept of a dual buy for the Air […]

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