AN INCREDIBLE SCREW UP! - AIR FORCE SENDS
EACH OTHER'S BID DATA TO RIVAL AIRCRAFT
MANUFACTURERS - BOEING AND EADS (EUROPEAN
AERONAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE COMPANY)
GET UNAUTHORIZED LOOK AT WHAT COMPETITOR
WILLING TO PAY IN $35 BILLION TANKER CONTRACT
"AN INEXCUSABLE MISHANDLING OF PROPRIETARY
INFORMATION" FUMES SEN. MARIA CANTWELL
By MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret.)
© 2010 MilitaryCorruption.com
Many years ago, a young soldier at Fort Bragg, N.C. wrote two letters to send home. One to his very religious mother; the other to his not-so pious girlfriend. The letter to Mom, recounted the GI's perfect attendance record at the post chapel, his disdain for cigarettes and liquor, and how barracks profanity made his innocent ears turn red. The other missive was, well, somewhat different. It recounted in detail past intimate encounters with his main squeeze and expressed eager anticipation of future meetings when he got home on leave.
The private carefully addressed both envelopes. He put on the postage stamps. Then he hurriedly slipped the folded one-page note paper inside the envelope, sealed the flap, and rushed to mail the letters off.
You guessed it. He got the contents switched. The first he found out about it was when his gal pal immediately wrote back asking why she'd received a note to my mother. Ouch! A rather BIG mistake. But not as bad as what the Air Force just pulled. That blunder affects a multi-billion dollar contract, and is one more example of a series of booboo's during the undistinguished reign of Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz.
HUGE CONTRACT UP IN AIR AFTER MOTHER OF ALL MISTAKES
As incredible as it seems, two rival aircraft manufacturing companies, in hot competition for a $35 billion airplane tanker contract, were sent the other company's private bid data and other information, in a monumental screw-up that is sure to cause heads to roll. Probably, however, the axe won't swing anywhere near the top of the chain-of-command. That is troubling, because the only CofS who could be worse than the one we have now, is the bloat-faced bully himself, Jill Metzger's close friend and enabler, four-star Gen. Gary North.
"It was a clerical error and involved a limited amount of source selection information," Air Force spokesperson Les Dodlick told reporters."
Woo! Hoo! Did his nose start to enlarge on the spot? There was enough critical information spilled that the selection process has been postponed until sometime next year.
"BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARDS" -
SPILLED INFO CAUSES BIDS TO BE REDONE
Sen. Maria Cantwell, ever-sensitive to the fortunes of Boeing Co., was decidedly not amused. "This is an inexcusable mishandling of proprietary information," she fumed.
Now that both Boeing and EADS know what the other was willing to bid prior to the process being completed, it's back to the drawing boards to figure out another cost factor for manufacturing a new generation of tankers to replace the USAF's aging fleet of KC-135's. They've been plowing through the upper air since the 1950's.
Thanks to this monumental "error," we won't know now for many months if the Boeing 767 or EADS A330 will win the contract to make some 180 new aircraft capable of fulfilling mission requirements. Will the Air Force go straight into its usual "cover-up mode," or will members of the new United States Congress convene hearings to find out why Schwartz is still Air Force chief of staff, after presiding over so many booboo's - remember the armed atomic bomb laden B-52's, or the missile parts mistakenly shipped to Taiwan? It could have been worse. The sensitive, top-secret systems could have ended up in mainland China.