I have been writing for well over a year that the “fix” appears to be in, to give the crucial air tanker contract to an inferior Boeing product. Well, now the entire Alabama delegation to Congress seems to agree. Calling many aspects of the new Pentagon Request for PRoposal “unconscionable,” the senators and Reps say that it does not put the needs ofour airmen first. A particularly sharp line: “This approach makes a mockery of the capability that our warfighters truly value where, for example, water flow in the toilet has [effectively but terribly unwisely been given by the Pentagon] equal importance to fuel flow in the refueling boom.”
The Alabama delegation is right. I think Secretary Gates and company are guilty of some sort of malfeasance — not necessarily anything illegal, but morally, ethically, operationally, and logically. They seem more worried about sucking up to Boeing’s political might than they do about best serving the airmen whose lives will be on the line.