There is no peace to be found in the area of government contracting.  The latest flap over the refueling tanker contract just won’t end.  After rival Northrop-Grumman was awarded the contract in what Boeing earlier said was a fair competition, (when they thought they had it in the bag), suddenly blew up amid cries of foul play by Boeing, once it was announced Northrop-Grumman had been awarded the contract.  Boeing has pulled in many political favors and quid pro quo favors it appears on this one, if one can judge anything by the fury exploding in rallies and protests attended conspicuously by our elected officials in Congress, (Senator Patty Murray-WA, for instance) many of whom are notorious for their use of large and numerous defense contractor campaign donations. 


Boeing has managed, despite the existence of currently open criminal investigations into matters concerning contracts won by Boeing in the past, to rally this kind of support to maintain their claim of  automatic right to own the tanker contract.  It makes one wonder about our elected government officials when criminal cases being investigated against defense contractors are left open, not allowed to be completed and prosecuted, apparently with Congress’s blessing, and yet new contracts are blindly awarded to the offending defense contractors.


What follows are links to a couple of articles regarding Congress’s attempts to pass new bills which these articles contend would steer the tanker contracts to The Boeing Company.  The first article, “New bills steer tanker to Boeing” (Sean Reilly, Friday, June 27, 2008) describes an attempt by Kansas politicians to push through a bill which would pressure the Pentagon to take the tanker contract away from Northrop-Grumman and give it to Boeing or else the Pentagon would have to rebid the contract with an added load of new conditions and red tape.    -GFS


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The second article “Pro-Boeing bill blocked by Sessions” (Sean Reilly, Saturday, June 28, 2008) describes the efforts by Senator Jeff Sessions (AL) to block this bill.  Sessions said he put a “hold” on the bill in order to give the Air Force more time to “develop a way forward that serves the military’s best interest.”


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