The Pentagon's Air Tanker DealPlay
Last week, the gigantic contract to build the next generation of air tankers took off as well. It won't be a Boeing tanker, but Europe's Airbus topping up American military planes.
That's a $40 billion dollar contract — maybe a hundred billion. Gone are jobs, profits, pride. Today we ask why.
This hour, On Point: American tax dollars for Europe's Airbus for the U.S. military. Why?Guests:
Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group, an aerospace and defense consulting firm in Fairfax, Virginia.
James Wallace, reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer covering the aerospace industry, including Boeing and Airbus.
Rep. Norm Dicks, Democratic congressman from Washington's 6th District, which includes many Boeing employees. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Defense Subcommittee.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, Republican congressman from California, ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, and a candidate for the Republican nomination for president until January.
This program aired on March 4, 2008.