Pat Roberts Criticizes Air Force Over Tanker Decision

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As the congressional delegations in Kansas and Washington state continue the political street fighting to try and get the tanker deal changed, Senator Pat Roberts holds hope that the decision will be reversed and Boeing will eventually land the deal.

"I think the air force ran a shoddy, a shoddy, if not shadded procurement
process and I stand with Boeing in its challenge to the General Accounting
Office to correct an egregious and an action that is almost unexplainable," Roberts said.

Roberts met with president and chief executive of Boeing's integrated defense systems, Jim Albaugh, to discuss legislative and policy options in Boeing's bid to reverse the deal.

Roberts claims there were those in the Air Force who feared that Airbus' European parent, Eads, would withdraw from the tanker competition if changes weren't made in the selection process, which favored the Airbus plane.

He said that the Air Force feared having only one bidder, Boeing.

The contract selection process for Boeing's protest is still under examination and findings are expected in late June.

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