|Quoting Rheinwaldner (Reply 50):|
I think the KC-X will come very similar to the last RFP. The USAF is tempted too much by the dual-role deployment strategy.
|Quoting Ken777 (Reply 47):|
I believe that there will be more of a focus on re-building areas that have been hit the hardest during the Iraq War.
|Quoting President Obama:|
"We must adapt and make tradeoffs among systems originally designed for the Cold War and those required for current and future challenges. We need greater investment in advanced technology ranging from the revolutionary, like unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic warfare capabilities, to systems like the C-17 cargo and KC-X air refueling aircraft--which may not be glamorous to politicians, but are the backbone of our future ability to extend global power."
|Quoting Lumberton (Reply 51):|
There are good and realistic points being made about the KC-X being shelved and the existing KC-135 fleet being overhauled to "soldier on" for many more years. Hard choices will have to be made. And...at the risk of starting a range war here...given the turbulence in the markets, the nose diving economy, the auto industry asking for a bailout...against this back drop, will the new president and the Congress elect to source the tanker to EADS? Would a new president really want to split his party and give the Republicans an issue they could pound in the media?
|Quoting Gsosbee (Reply 52):|
Le't hope so, but history says no. Someone gave Frank the OK to throw out the 25% number (even he isn't stupid enough to go down that route by himself).
I would speculate that the macro number will be generated somehing along the following:
Total DoD spending FY2009 - $XXX billion
Less Iraq and Afganistan - ($XXX billion)
Equals total pool - $XXX billion
Less 25% - ($XXX billion)
2010 DoD Budget - $XXX billion
Less personnel costs (2009+4%) - ($000 billion)
Less operational costs - ($XXX billion)
Less Afganistan - ($XXX billion)
Equals what is available for new systems - Not much if anything
|Quoting Oroka (Reply 55):|
The USAF NEEDS tankers... there is no way around that fact. Thus, they will get them. And to help with the economy, Boeing will get the contract.
|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 56):|
That is assuming the Congress lets the USAF buy new tankers, like the KC-767AT. But if Congress elects to reengine/refurbish/update the KC-135E fleet, that type work can be done by Boeing, NG, LM, Pemco, or many others.
NG may have a foot in the door for this type of program, as they already have the contract to reengine the E-8 J-STARS with new build JT-8D-219 (I believe the military designation will become the F-119-100) engines. They could propose reengineing the KC-135Es with the same JT-8D-219s or stay with the CFM-56-2B (F-108-100) engines.
|Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 57):|
is will be da way business will done in the newly named city of Chicago on da Potomac nee Washington DC.
|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 56):
Actual FY-2009 approved defense budget
|Quoting Lumberton (Reply 59):|
Good grief! You can't be implying that there would have been more of a "two way street" in the defense trade with the hated Bush administration, than with the administration of the "Chosen One", are you?
|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 62):|
I think there were only two Republicans in Illinois anyway (and none in Chicago). You mean they are both in jail now?
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