Senate hearing in tanker snafu appropriate
US Sen. Carl Levin announced yesterday that he will hold a hearing by Feb. 1 into the snafu by the USAF over sending Boeing and EADS information about each other’s KC-X tanker submission.
We think this is appropriate, as we have written before. The Air Force and EADS must come forward with a detailed timeline and information about the what-when-where-why about this. So that there is a full airing, so does Boeing, though let’s be clear: the burden here appears to be on the USAF and EADS.
The tanker competition has gone on far too long, and the USAF has amply demonstrated that it can’t run this procurement properly. This latest seems to be nothing more than a clerical error–at least based on what is known so far–but is this a harmless error or a fatal error to the process? The Levin hearing may be able to put this to rest.
Holding the hearing by February 1 also seems to fit in the timeline we suggested yesterday, and that is for a February contract award. Levin’s hearing may be timed to clear things up prior to an announcement.