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Top Ten for 2010: USAF tanker deal predicted to be split in half

In our next installment of "Top Ten for 2010", Federal News Radio looks at a battle of two bidders.

Tags: series , Bold Predictions , Top Ten for 2010 , Northrop Grumman , Barry Watts , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis , defense , contracting

Wednesday - 01/06/2010, 09:35am EST
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Carney: SBInet may get one more chance

The GAO reports DHS has not effectively managed key aspects of SBInet testing.

Tags: contracting , Congressional Spotlight , Congress , technology , SBINet , Chris Carney , DHS , Management, Investigations, and Oversight , mngt

Friday - 03/19/2010, 10:40am EDT
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Northrop Grumman drops out of Air Force tanker competition

Northrop Grumman Corp. has decided not to compete against Boeing Co. for the $35 billion the Air Force will spend to buy its own fleet of refueling tankers. The decision puts the Pentagon on a path to doing something President Barack Obama said shouldn't happen any more: paying large amounts of money to a major defense contractor without undergoing any competition.

Tags: contracting , Northrop Grumman , EADS , USAF , Air Force tanker contract , KC-X

Monday - 03/08/2010, 06:32pm EST

Analyst: Northrop could have been tanker contender

Jim McAleese, defense analyst and principal at McAleese & Associates, says Northrop's decision will affect the outcome of the KC-X contract and the future of the C-17.

Tags: contracting , Northrop Grumman , EADS , USAF , Air Force tanker contract , KC-X , C-17 , Jim McAleese , McAleese & Associates

Tuesday - 03/09/2010, 11:18am EST
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Secure Border Initiative on shaky ground

While the SBINet isn't all it was cracked up to be, the Chair of a House Homeland Security Subcommittee says parts have been a smashing success.

Tags: contracting , technology , security , Loretta Sanchez , DHS , CBP , GAO , House Homeland Security Committee , Secure Border Initiative , SBINet

Wednesday - 09/23/2009, 01:26pm EDT
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Common Strategy

Boeing's defense business announced this week the launch of a new Unmanned Airborne Systems division, which will group all the company's drone projects to better compete for military contracts. The formation of the new division reflects the growing interest by various air forces in unmanned aerial vehicles for everything from high-altitude surveillance and coastal patrols to tracking natural "The new division establishes a single team focused on implementing a common strategy for unmanned systems and services," said Jim Albaugh, president of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

Tags: management , Pentagon , Jim Albaugh

Tuesday - 06/16/2009, 01:26pm EDT

DHS renews SBINet contract with Boeing despite shortcomings

DHS and Boeing understand that they must show successes in 2010 or risk major changes to the initiative. Lawmakers express frustration over lack of progress after three years, $1.1 billion.

Tags: contracting , technology , Mark Borkowski , Richard Stana , Bennie Thompson , Loretta Sanchez , Christopher Carney , DHS , CBP , GAO , House Homeland Security Committee , Timothy Peters , Secure Border Initiative , SBINet

Friday - 09/18/2009, 07:04am EDT
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Air Force sets new date for tanker RFP

Contract could be worth $35 billion. This is third time the Air Force is trying to award the modernization contract.

Tags: contracting , Air Force , EADS , Northrop Grumman , KC-X Tanker

Tuesday - 02/09/2010, 03:20pm EST
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