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Boeing will team with Agusta-Westland to offer the AW101 for the NEW Marine One contract…….

He, he, he…..

I have to laugh on this one!

For those of you haven’t been following the Dog….

The AW101...Is the Helo that WON the Marine One contract a few years ago….

The US Navy has NINE 101’s done and sitting around looking for job to do….

Paid for by YOU…The US Taxpayer …..To the tune of $3 Billion ……

But since the Helo’s were modified to the Bush Military Office and US Secret Service specs….(On  Sec Defense Gates watch)

They got too heavy and cost too much…. (Besides even though the rest where going to be completed in the US…that wasn’t enough)

The AW 101…is in service and has three engines…..It is bigger, faster and flys farther than the US Sikorsky S -92 model….

But that wasn’t good enough…..

Obama complained about a kitchen in the helo….

How much would it have cost to UNDESIGN the Bush Kitchen??? …Certainly less than the money they’re gonna spend a

BRAND NEW HELO!!!!!

That won’t be available for at least….. FIVE YEARS!

Am I annoyed about this?

You BET!

From Aviation Week……

The renewed VXX presidential helicopter program heated up again today, as Boeing announced it is teaming with AgustaWestland to offer the AW101 helicopter for the competition.

Boeing says it will secure a license to produce the aircraft from AgustaWestland, which will give Boeing full intellectual property, data and production rights in support of the VXX program. Boeing will be the prime contractor and will design, build and deliver the so-called Boeing 101 helicopter, the company reports.

In April, the U.S. Navy extended its request for information to mid-June, providing enough time for all interested parties to respond. Former competitors Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Lockheed Martin announced April 19 they will team up for the contest. Sikorsky, a United Technologies company, lost the original bid in 2005, when Lockheed was partnered with AgustaWestland. This time around, Sikorsky will offer its H-92 (a hardened version of its S-92) medium-lift helicopter again, with Lockheed performing all the mission systems integration (Aerospace DAILY, Apr. 20).

AgustaWestland’s Italian parent company, Finmeccanica, has been redeveloping its relationship with Boeing on the commercial side as well, Finmeccanica CEO Pier Francesco Guarguaglini said recently. The two companies signed  a strategic memorandum of understanding in 2003, with a high-level steering committee established that met regularly. In May, Finmeccanica told Aviation Week it was looking to expand its product portfolio in the U.S., including the AgustaWestland AW101 transport helicopter with Boeing as a preferred partner (Aerospace DAILY, May 7). The canceled VH-71 is a variant of the AW-101.

June 7, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 15 Comments

Boeing is wrong……

In it’s attempt to out manuever EADS…

Boeing is crying wolf about EADS and AirBus subsidies in building aircraft….

Calling a EADS/Airbus a threat to National Security…..

They are doing this knowing fully well that…..

  • Their company gets American subsidies in research and taxes….
  • That they have not even built one tanker to the US bid spec’s
  • That the Europeans are being sold on the American F-35….but have been locked out of the Marine one and First Tanker award AFTER BOTH awards where won by non- American companies
  • The EAD’s A-330’s will be built by American’s in Mobile Alabama…


I have brought up a solution to this problem several times…..

Do a joint buy of Boeing 767’s and Airbus A-330’s

This would make everybody happy …… The Europeans, The people in Washington State that work for Boeing and the people who live Alabama who will work for AirBus…..

Contrary to Defense Secretary Gates…..Having TWO different tankers only duplicates what we have now in two tankers (KC-10 and KC-135)….

We actually have a third type of aerial tanker ..the C-130….But who’s counting?


Boeing is urging lawmakers and Pentagon officials to factor national-security implications into their decision about who should replace the Air Force’s Eisenhower-era tanker fleet.

EADS North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of the European aerospace and defense conglomerate EADS NV with headquarters in Germany and France. The governments of France, Germany and Spain all hold stake in the conglomerate.

Sean O’Keefe, the CEO of EADS North America, said his company has all the security arrangements to handle the sensitive and classified technologies.

But Boeing is distributing literature on Capitol Hill singling out EADS NV as not having to abide by U.S. laws on corporate integrity, and for trying to market its wares to Tehran. EADS North America is subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The laminated, pocketbook-sized handouts Boeing is giving to lawmakers also claim that for reasons of national security, the United States has never bought a critical military system from a foreign-owned or -controlled company.

This is not the first time Boeing or its congressional supporters have tried to make the case that awarding the contract to EADS could represent a national-security threat. The Hill reported in 2008 that Boeing and its congressional supporters, such as Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), used a classified CIA briefing on questionable business practices in an effort to discredit the company’s rival.

EADS North America was partnered with U.S. defense giant Northrop Grumman for the tanker contract at the time. After Boeing successfully overturned the tanker contract awarded to Northrop and EADS in 2008, Northrop Grumman bowed out of the new tanker competition earlier this year. EADS North America announced it would continue in the competition as the sole bidder.

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May 26, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Boeing threatens to NOT bid on thr Aerial Tanker contract…Are they serious?

[ The Boeing 767 based Aerial Tanker in Italian Air Force colors ]

I wouldn’t think so…….

The Dog see’s this as a chess move….

They are complaining about Airbus subsidies…..

Airbus IS supported by the French, British, German and Italian countries…..

That’s fact….

It isn’t gonna change anytime soon in this economic atmosphere…

But lets be fair here…

The United States government goes to bat for Boeing  with tax credits and reserach…..and provides subsidies for countries that buy American Defense products…..

WTF?

The Dog still does not understand why PRESIDENT OBAMA doesn’t over-rule Defense Secretary Gates and cut a duel award contract deal????

It is a win-win solution to a big problem….

Boeing wins with a smaller tanker…

Airbus wins with a larger tanker….

The state of Washington winds with a order for airplanes…

The state of Alabama wins with an order for airplanes….

The Europeans are happy the American brought their plane…

And the Air Force finally will get a replacement ‘short ‘ tanker and ‘bridge’ tanker…..

JUST LIKE THEY HAVE NOW……(KC-135 and the KC-10 )….

WHAT IS HOLDING THEM UP????

TELL GATES HE WORKS THE PRESIDENT…..IT’S NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!

Boeing is considering not bidding for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker contract, a company source said May 14.

That would leave Europe’s EADS – which earlier this year had threatened its own pullout – as the sole bidder for the multibillion-dollar prize.

CEO Jim McNerney and other executives are privately debating whether their company can even win, much less make a profit, on the fixed-price contract, one senior Boeing executive said.

“Is it conceivable that we wouldn’t bid?” the executive said. “We are proud of the fleet and want it to win the contract so the Air Force keeps flying our planes. Your heart says you have to be part of it, but a CEO’s job is to make sure that the heart doesn’t make a decision the head can’t live with.”

Boeing spokesman Damien Mills insisted May 13 that the firm will bid.

But Boeing supporters have long complained that illegal subsidies would lower EADS’ bid price, and company officials have said for several weeks that the Pentagon appears to have shifted requirements to favor the European firm.

Earlier this year, DoD officials – eager to avoid a sole-source award to Boeing in the wake of Northrop Grumman’s withdrawal – delayed the bidding deadline 60 days to allow EADS to bid. DoD also allowed the European firm to enter the contest without a U.S. firm as a partner.

Pentagon officials say they have changed neither the requirements nor the way the bids will be evaluated.

“Jim doesn’t want to be in a position that we are going to bid a losing bid,” the Boeing executive said. “It gets difficult when you’re dealing with a competitor who has flat-out said on several occasions that they’re going to underbid us. How can they do that if the list price of their plane is higher than the list on our plane? Because they are subsidized and we’re a for-profit company, so the question we’re asking is: How do we compete against four governments?”

The average cost of a Boeing 767-200ER is $133 million, of an Airbus A330-200F, $194.8 million, according to Teal Group aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia.

The executive said Boeing has not arrived at a decision. He said raising the prospect of sitting out was not a negotiating tactic. ( BULL S*#T)

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Boeing executives and its supporters say Airbus, which has garnered more than half of the commercial jet market in recent years, has been powered by nearly $200 billion in subsidies over four decades. The World Trade Organization recently resolved a 2009 lawsuit filed by the U.S. government, finding Airbus guilty of using illegal subsidies to win contracts with predatory pricing. Europe has countersued, claiming Boeing benefits from research and development tax credits.

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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aerial Tanker bids pushed back 60 days for EADS…….

[ An Airbus A-330 Tanker Aircraft landing…Notice the tail refueling boom tucked in……..]

The Dog is happy to see this but still doesn’t understand why the WHITE HOUSE doesn’t step in and take both the Boeing and Airbus Tanker versions…..

The US Air Force currently has two types of tankers…why not keep it that way?

EADS, the owner of Airbus, had partnered with Northrop Grumman to compete against Chicago-based Boeing on the roughly $40 billion contract. But Northrop dropped out of the competition in March, saying that the government’s requirements favored Boeing’s proposed 767 aircraft. EADS had asked the Pentagon for a 90-day extension so that it could submit a bid of its own.

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said on Wednesday that the government would extend the deadline from May 10 to July 9 if EADS expressed an interest in submitting a bid. He said the Pentagon still plans to award the contract early this fall.

In a statement, EADS spokesman Guy Hicks said the company has “carefully assessed the many requirements necessary to participate.”

“We have firmly indicated that a 90-day extension would be the minimum time necessary to prepare a responsible proposal for this $40 billion program,” Hicks said. “We will consider the Department’s decision to offer a 60 day extension.”

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And French Presdient Sarkozy has spoken to Obama about the matter…which Obama played off to Defense Secretary Gates…..which, of course, is nonsense…..Gates works for Obama…… and just like with Holder and Gitmo….The President can make the move to both tankers at anytime…..

Doing so would garner big politcal support in Washington State (Boeing ) and Alamaba where the Airbus tanker would be built……

Answering a French reporter’s question during a joint news conference with Obama at the White House, Sarkozy stressed the importance of trust between the two nations, particularly in the bidding for the new tankers.

The French president and other European officials have criticized the bidding process as unfairly favoring Boeing over the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.

“I said to him, ‘I trust you.’ And I do trust him,” Sarkozy said. “If you say to me that the request for proposals, the call for tenders, will be free, fair and transparent, then we say EADS will bid, and we trust you.”

“The trust is justified,” Obama replied, noting that Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who’s been overhauling procurement procedures, would make the decision.

“The president does not meddle in these decisions. … I maintain an arm’s length approach,” Obama added, “but I have assurances from Secretary of Defense Gates that, in fact, the rebidding process is going to be completely transparent, completely open and a fair competition.”

Earlier, during a visit with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London, Sarkozy’s disappointment with the tanker bidding had been more evident.

“If they want to be heard in the fight against protectionism, they should not set the example of protectionism,” Sarkozy was quoted as saying by Reuters. “There is what you say, and then there is what you do.”

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April 1, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Boeing will increase Wide body aircraft production……..

I guess Boeing senses that the travel market is improving and the  economy will see the airlines going back to ordering more big aircraft by next year…….

Boeing is moving even faster than announced just this week in boosting output for the 777 and 747-8 production lines.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said earlier that the decision would be made in April. Instead, Boeing made it March 17.

The new plan sees 777 product rates return to seven aircraft per month from five. It made the decision to cut back to five aircraft only last year, but strong demand has caused Boeing to be bullish about future deliveries. The new rate will take effect in mid-2011.

Albaugh had said there was a 15-month lead time, so he is giving the company and suppliers extra time to get to the new level. Boeing signals the increase in output is happening around six months earlier than planned.

On the 747 front, production of the aircraft will be brought to two aircraft per month from 1.5 aircraft in mid-2012, rather than mid-2013 as planned.

In announcing the change, BCA VP for marketing, Randy Tinseth, says, “We see 2010 as the year of overall economic recovery within the industry and 2011 as a year where airlines return to profitability. We anticipate an increase in demand for airplanes in 2012 and beyond.”

Boeing also is mulling an increase in 737 output, with a decision expected by mid-year.

The 2010 financial results should not significantly be affected by the changes.

March 19, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Media, Other Things, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Northrop will NOT bid the Aerial Tanker contract…

Two Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) KC-767 Tankers extend their aerial refueling booms during a recent test flight.  (Neg#: MWF08-0023b-051)

[ Two Japanese Boeing 767 Aerial Tankers ]

Northrop’s decision marked the latest twist in the nearly decade-long fight over one of the Pentagon’s biggest and most controversial contracts and raised questions about the impact of procurement reforms proposed by the Obama administration.

In announcing its withdrawal, Northrop said that the government’s requirements did not recognize the value of the larger refueling platform it had proposed and instead favored Boeing’s proposal to build a smaller tanker using a prototype of its 767 aircraft.

Northrop has withdrawn because it has become clear that the contract was drawn up to ‘buy american’….this the second military contract that gone this way…the other is the Marine One Helo contract which was cancelled after 9 helo’s were produced …so that there would be rebid..the Helo built are just sitting somewhere so that the manufactures can be paid $3 Billion  so that they can be another bid that can be given to Sikorsky an American manufacture…..all this plays out as the United States pushes for foreign companies to buy American C-17 cargo planes and F-35 fighters, that are over budget and late….

What ever happen top the best buy for the money?……

I’m sure most of these people drive imports when they go home..that are made in American just like the rejected aircraft models……that would be built in America

Wes Bush, chief executive of Los Angeles-based Northrop, said that under those conditions, it no longer made financial sense to stay in the competition.

“We have a fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders to prudently invest our corporate resources,” he said. “Investing further resources to submit a bid would not be acting responsibly.”

Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn said in a statement that the Pentagon was “disappointed” that Northrop had pulled out of the competition, noting that it “competed well on both price” and other factors. “We strongly believe that the current competition is structured fairly and that both companies could compete effectively,” Lynn said.

The government has been trying for years to award a contract to replace the Air Force’s aging fleet of planes used for refueling military aircraft midflight, but the effort to build 179 new tankers has been marred by controversy.

Northrop had partnered with Airbus, which is owned by Paris-based European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS), to compete against Chicago-based Boeing. In 2004, Boeing lost the deal to build the tanker after an ethics scandal. In 2008, Northrop won the contract, but Boeing fought back and had the award nullified.

The Pentagon started another attempt to rebid the deal last September, but the Northrop team threatened in December that it would walk away unless the Air Force changed its proposal. Northrop said the Air Force’s requirements favored Boeing’s smaller 767 plane, instead of its larger Airbus A330.

Bush said Monday the company would not protest the contract, in effect handing a win to Boeing. Bush said that although Northrop thinks it had grounds to successfully protest the contract proposal, it would have led to another lengthy delay.

This is a hollow win for Boeing and the buy American cliché…and may not be such a bargain for the Air Force…..

“It shows how acquisition reform can backfire,” said Loren Thompson, a defense industry consultant at the Lexington Institute. “If you push a contractor too far, they don’t have any incentive to bid because they don’t expect to make any money. The lesson is, if you push contractors too far they’ll lose interest.”

I will be a harsh economic blow for Alabama…. Where the Airbus based Northrop tankers would be American built…..

The Dog still does understand why they go for a split bid?

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Alabama's Congressmen join the push for the New Aerial Tanker contract…..

From the Hill……

Last week it was a group of Governors pushing for a Boeing Tanker….This week it’s a push for Northrop-Gruman version……

And the accusation that the bid is rigged for Boeing smaller aircraft….

The Dog wonders what the fuss is about…award a joint build …The Air Force currently has two tankers…..The KC-10 (From the DC-10 and it’s big) and the KC-135 (from the old B-707) …why not just do the same with the bigger A-330 Airbus from Northrop and the smaller B-767 from Boeing?…..

End of headache…….Simple…..

Here’s the story and link……….………

Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday voiced strong pessimism over Northrop Grumman’s chances of winning a contentious Air Force refueling aircraft contract, questioning the fairness of the bidding process.

“This is a disappointment,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a senior defense authorizer, said after emerging from a briefing with senior Pentagon and Air Force officials. “I am really worried at this point” that Northrop Grumman would not compete for the contract, he said. “I am going to urge them to compete, and I hope that they feel like they can.”

Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley made the rounds on Wednesday briefing lawmakers on the final bidding terms for the $35 billion contract to build 179 refueling aircraft.

Northrop Grumman and Boeing have been going head to head for several years to win the lucrative contract. The two companies and their congressional supporters have been locked in an intense public-relations and lobbying battle.

In December, after reviewing a draft request for proposals, Northrop Grumman threatened to pull out of the competition unless significant changes were made to the final request for bids. Northrop Grumman officials argued that the bidding process was stacked against the company.

Northrop, teamed with EADS North America, would assemble the new aircraft in Mobile, Ala., while Boeing has major operations in Washington state and Kansas. EADS is the parent company of Airbus, Boeing’s rival on the commercial aircraft market.

But Sessions said he saw no fundamental changes to the bidding criteria. He said that the way the request for proposals is structured, it would still favor a smaller airplane — the 767 Boeing is expected to offer is much smaller than the Airbus 330 that the Northrop team was planning.

Sessions charged that the Pentagon was not entering into a fair selection process.

“The integrity of the Department of Defense is at stake,” Sessions said.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said the Pentagon briefing did not “really calm” his concerns that the Pentagon addressed the problems raised by Northrop Grumman.

“I do not think it looks promising” for Northrop to win the contract, Rogers said. “I am not optimistic.”

He said his biggest concern is that the Pentagon has closed out any prospect of buying planes from both companies.

Lynn told lawmakers the Pentagon made 230 changes from the draft request for proposals, but “retained the overall structure of the requirements.” The most significant change in the final bidding request is the pricing strategy for the tankers, in effect to adjust for inflation.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Alabama’s Congressmen join the push for the New Aerial Tanker contract…..

From the Hill……

Last week it was a group of Governors pushing for a Boeing Tanker….This week it’s a push for Northrop-Gruman version……

And the accusation that the bid is rigged for Boeing smaller aircraft….

The Dog wonders what the fuss is about…award a joint build …The Air Force currently has two tankers…..The KC-10 (From the DC-10 and it’s big) and the KC-135 (from the old B-707) …why not just do the same with the bigger A-330 Airbus from Northrop and the smaller B-767 from Boeing?…..

End of headache…….Simple…..

Here’s the story and link……….………

Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday voiced strong pessimism over Northrop Grumman’s chances of winning a contentious Air Force refueling aircraft contract, questioning the fairness of the bidding process.

“This is a disappointment,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a senior defense authorizer, said after emerging from a briefing with senior Pentagon and Air Force officials. “I am really worried at this point” that Northrop Grumman would not compete for the contract, he said. “I am going to urge them to compete, and I hope that they feel like they can.”

Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley made the rounds on Wednesday briefing lawmakers on the final bidding terms for the $35 billion contract to build 179 refueling aircraft.

Northrop Grumman and Boeing have been going head to head for several years to win the lucrative contract. The two companies and their congressional supporters have been locked in an intense public-relations and lobbying battle.

In December, after reviewing a draft request for proposals, Northrop Grumman threatened to pull out of the competition unless significant changes were made to the final request for bids. Northrop Grumman officials argued that the bidding process was stacked against the company.

Northrop, teamed with EADS North America, would assemble the new aircraft in Mobile, Ala., while Boeing has major operations in Washington state and Kansas. EADS is the parent company of Airbus, Boeing’s rival on the commercial aircraft market.

But Sessions said he saw no fundamental changes to the bidding criteria. He said that the way the request for proposals is structured, it would still favor a smaller airplane — the 767 Boeing is expected to offer is much smaller than the Airbus 330 that the Northrop team was planning.

Sessions charged that the Pentagon was not entering into a fair selection process.

“The integrity of the Department of Defense is at stake,” Sessions said.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said the Pentagon briefing did not “really calm” his concerns that the Pentagon addressed the problems raised by Northrop Grumman.

“I do not think it looks promising” for Northrop to win the contract, Rogers said. “I am not optimistic.”

He said his biggest concern is that the Pentagon has closed out any prospect of buying planes from both companies.

Lynn told lawmakers the Pentagon made 230 changes from the draft request for proposals, but “retained the overall structure of the requirements.” The most significant change in the final bidding request is the pricing strategy for the tankers, in effect to adjust for inflation.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Is the Aerial Tanker decision going to be a decision or a political payoff to Boeing?

[Top is the Northrop-Grunman Airbus A-330….The Bottom is the Boeing 767 aerial tanker ]

The last time around Boeing lost it…..because they pitched an inferior product…..

This time a group of Governors want Boeing to get the contract….what competation?

One should note….if Northrop-Grunman (Airbus ) gets the nod…the aircraft will be made in United States also ( Alabama)…..

The Dog still doesn’t know why they don’t do a split buy….and make everyone happy…..The Air Force right now has two types of  tankers …what’s the big deal in a split buy?

Here’s the piece……

A bipartisan group of governors is getting behind Boeing in a politically charged competition to win a $35 billion Air Force refueling tanker contract.

Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) and Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson (D) are in Washington for the National Governors Association conference and will be lobbying while here. Their states have the most at stake, as Boeing has large operations in each.

Six other governors — Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D), Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell (R), Maine Gov. John Baldacci (D), Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D), Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) — are also advocating on behalf of Boeing.

The Air Force is expected to start its official selection process for the lucrative contract. The Air Force’s attempts to replace its Eisenhower-era tankers have been mired in controversy and political battles.

Boeing and Northrop Grumman have been going head to head for several years for the contract. Northrop Grumman partnered with EADS North America, the parent company of Airbus and Boeing’s rival in the commercial aircraft market.

The Northrop-EADS team won the contract last February, but Boeing successfully protested that award with the Government Accountability Office. The Pentagon subsequently decided to reopen the competition.

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February 20, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meet the Next Chair of the House Appropriations Committee…..

Who will most likely be Rep. Norm Dicks (Wash.-D)……..

This from The Hill.…..

Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) is poised to take the lead on defense appropriations and Boeing, a large employer in his home state, could benefit in the process.

Dicks, a veteran appropriator, is next in line by seniority to fill in the chairmanship of the Appropriations Defense subcommittee, left vacant by the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). He will be acting chairman until a formal vote.

Obey (D-Wis.), and still needed to talk to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The Democratic Steering Committee would have to vote on the new chairman. The Democratic Caucus would have the final vote.

The late Murtha was a close ally of Pelosi and aided her political ascent. Dicks has a good relationship with the Speaker and has fostered a connection with her during their time on the House Intelligence Committee. Pelosi supported Dicks’s becoming the chairman of the Appropriations Interior, Environment and Related Agencies subcommittee.

Those who know Dicks said the panel will make a smooth transition under him, with most staff likely to stay on. Though he has a reputation for being very aggressive and determined, Dicks is expected to lead the committee by consensus rather than personal force.

And most defense insiders believe Dicks won’t budge on one issue: the Air Force’s new fleet of midair refueling tankers.

The best bet on the tankers is still a split buy……

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment