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BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sat Oct 02, 2004 7:35 pm

Wild Stuff!
http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/10/02/arms.boeing.reut/index.html
I had no idea things are so shaky at the top!
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sat Oct 02, 2004 9:20 pm

Wow, I didn't realise there was that much substance to the story! If I were in charge of this, I would start the copeetition from sccratch again. Although, since I am not in charge, I can say that I hope Boeing still gets the deal.
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sat Oct 02, 2004 10:11 pm

I think starting the competition over is just the beginning. There needs to be some consequence for this kind of wrongdoing not only within the Air Force but also at Boeing. They knew they were buying influence on the inside to improperly get bloated contracts and to get confidential information about the competition. I know Boeing has fired some executives but it seems like there could be some criminal liability on Boeing's and those former exec's part.
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sat Oct 02, 2004 10:23 pm

I don't think there will be any sanction against Boeing but to be fair the Tanker deal will probably be reopened for new bids. You'll note that Ms. Druyun acted on her own regarding inflating any deals. Notice there is no mention of Boeing requesting this. Boeings problem in the whole deal was the improper hiring and the tanker pricing shenanigans. For that they are certainly and rightly paying a price. Boeing (and everyone else) were apparently unaware that Ms. Druyun took it upon herself to "reward" her future employer or to "sweeten up" the AWACS deal as a reward to Boeing for employing her son-in-law. While this may lead to a complete renegotiation of the Tanker contract, I don't believe this implicates any wrongdoing to Boeing. Boeings fault for which they have been paying dearly was in the hiring of Ms. Druyun either as a condition of or for pricing information on the Tanker deal. Mike Sears, the former head of Boeings defense unit, has lost his job over this ethical breach. One important note, it is very common, usual, and customary for aerospace companies to hire qualified individuals out of the military. This deal for Ms. Druyun violated Boeings own ethics rules as well as the law.
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 6:32 am

I heard this story about three or four months ago, if I recall correctly. It is not "breaking news". The new part is, I believe, that she was sentenced.
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 6:45 am

For those who think she was acting alone, please, the fact that there were others involved cannot get any clearer than this. She pretty much bought her employment with Boeing. Also, her daughter and son in law work for Boeing, which she states was a reason why she felt indebted to the company. I wonder if she has received more bribe out of Boeing. I also think Boeing should be barred from the refueler tank bidding process (but of course, it won't and it is guaranteed that it will get it - or we will get back to the freedom fries debate all over again).
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 7:43 am


Please, this goes on all over the globe. Sure, Boeing got caught. I'm sure it will happen again. This is a global problem, not Boeing alone.

Remember people. "He who has the Gold makes the Rules." You may not like it, you may fight to prevent it, but you will never stop it.

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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 8:19 am

I wonder if there was ever a Canadian Prime Minister who took a bribe from Airbus?

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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 11:08 am

Good question Ruscoe. The RCMP sure thought there was something to that story.

When the Pentagon does re-evaluate the whole deal, I do not think Airbus will prevail in the end for political reasons.

But that happens in Europe as well. Pratt & Whitney actually won the contract to supply engines for the A400M which they would have built in Germany. PW was going to use a proven engine core for the derivative.

The EU was not happy with the result and re-opened the process and awarded the contract to a higher cost European bidder with an unproven engine design.

 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 11:16 am

Not very good is it!!
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 12:42 pm

Ruscoe, yes, there was word of that, but the PM has been cleared on the issue unlike the person who is the topic of this story.
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 12:48 pm

Comma, ETStar, Do you really think that a clearing means that it did not take place?
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:18 pm

Boeing's problem is that it is so inept at this sort of thing, a bunch of dorks who always get caught.
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:37 pm

I guess President Kerry will have a quandry: Appease his masters in Europe or keep jobs in the U.S.... Insane TC
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 2:24 pm

We can only pray the 7E7 technology wasn't stolen from Airbus too Big grin
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 6:00 pm


"Appease his masters in Europe or keep jobs in the U.S.... "

AA717Driver,

When you are talking about airline managment or investors, you can barely conceal your hammer and sickle attitude but now Kerry has "masters in Europe." Give me break.

I am a Republican of the old school. One that can tell the difference between a real conservative (Reagan) and a "neo-conservative" (Richard Perle and Dick Cheney). I suggest you figure out the difference and then see who is truly is is truly beholden to a "master."


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Boeing will end up building those planes in all likelihood but they better ready to sell at cost or close to it.
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:45 pm

Back in the 70s a Japanese government toppled over bribes from Lockheed (I think it was for a contract concerning F-104s), also in Germany a former defense minister got himself into deep sh*t for accepting bribes from Lockheed, also about the procurement of F-104s.

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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Mon Oct 04, 2004 4:11 am

As some people here, I don't think it's a Boeing only problem, and yes, it was shown to the world some months ago.
I don't Airbus is totally clean, nor any company.

Do you remember the Lockheed thing in the netherlands? (that's some people call KLM "Koop Lockheed Majesteit" , "Buy Lockheed Majesty").
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Mon Oct 04, 2004 5:22 am

Boeing has been indirectly bribing many countries in order to get orders from them. Bribes don't always have to be in the direct form, as in cash exchanging hands. If and airline like Ethiopian Airlines tried ordering an Airbus product, all hell would break loose because the US politicians would be directly on the country's case, communicating directly with the Ethiopian government and raising issues such as the $$$ in aid the US pours into the country to feed its people. Saudi Arabian and its all-American aircraft is another example, and the issue with China Airlines ordering Airbus aircraft and all senators writing letters to the Taiwanese government saying that they have always supported them etc is definitely a form of bribery AND subsidy. So, Boeing does not need to give bribes directly to those airlines (and I am not saying Airbus does either). I also think whoever these lawmakers are should be putting their minds and work towards what is to benefit the people they represent, and not a company that should be standing on its own.

I still wonder about the Airbus 340 ET ended up returning, and that issue with the American bank that went crazy when ET paid off its high interest debt way "prematurely" still puzzles me.
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:28 am

So..is the 767 tanker deal finalized yet?
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:23 am

Remember that Boeing also stole proprietory information, cost and technical data, from Lockheed that gave them an edge over their rival for the EELV program. So this is not just a U.S. vs. Europe issue. Boeing was involved in unethical activity vis-a-vis Lockheed, too.
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:58 am

Good for the government and DoD for pursuing the issue and not sweeping it under the rug. As Eisenhower said, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

ETStar, you talk about industry-political relations as though that situation is unique to Boeing or the airline industry. I can't imagine you really believe this.

The politicians ARE keeping in mind the people that they represent. See the below article about China's acquisition of Airbus aircraft following a meeting between Jiang Zemin and Jaques Chirac, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/the_company_file/483476.stm

To quote Chirac, "This is good for Europe, good for France and good for employment,"
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Mon Oct 04, 2004 11:48 am

Antares, the mountain is located more than 100 miles south of Seattle, while Boeing's plants are north of Seattle, so I doubt that there are concerns with volcanic ash. And wasn't that mountain supposed to errupt some time today?

Pmg1704, while I understand that both governments are doing it for the people they represent in terms of economy/employment, I also resent the the attitude that is exhibited on A.net claiming that Airbus and the Europeans are the only ones that are wrong while turning a blind eye on what their home grown companies are up to. All companies worldwide are given subsidies (once again, direct or indirect) through cheap loans, tax breaks etc. which are designed to get their economies going, so why is it so bad when the EU gives out the subsidies directly and does not deny it? And no, I do not think that this is only limited to the airline industry, but raise the issue as this forum is dedicated to this industry. I for one am glad to see that this issue is out in the open...
 
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Mon Oct 04, 2004 4:18 pm

It would seem like there has been some "stuff" going on between Ms. Druyen and Boeing. There are probably others involved...I can buy into that. It makes me wonder a little if the US government (or certain players there) are feeding this business to Boeing to buff them up a little? After all, Boeing has been fighting the European government subsidy issue with Airbus for awhile now and don't seem to be getting anywhere.

Note: I am NOT saying or proposing that they are linked. I am just wondering if there are some in the government who feel the need to buff up Boeing on the defense side (which in this case would be BCAC, because they would build the airframes)?

Note2: I am just asking a question. I have no thoughts one way or the other yet, because I don't have enough facts. Maybe someone on this forum can help some of us understand it a little better.
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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Mon Oct 04, 2004 11:29 pm

"raising issues such as the $$$ in aid the US pours into the country to feed its people"

What a horrible thing to do!  Insane

I guess reciprocal purchase agreements that are often part of major aerospace deals are also a form of bribe then.


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RE: BIG Trouble At Boeing

Tue Oct 05, 2004 12:13 am

Ahhh, I love a good argument over the tanker deal!!!!

(And I'm sad to say that the KC-767A seems to be a prime candidate for the pool of tankers Norway is considering joining)

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