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Friday, April 17, 2009

Tanker discussions

The Associated Press is reporting that Airbus’ parent company EADS would bid with partner Northrop Grumman Corp. for a $35 billion U.S. Air Force contract even if it has to share it with Boeing Co.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has included the tanker replacement as a priority in his budget recommendations this month and has said he hopes to reopen the bidding this summer.

Lawmakers such as Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., has proposed a dual tanker buy, a split between the two companies. But Gates opposes the idea.

The KC-X tanker would replace the aging KC-135 fleet. But, the program has faced serious delays and other problems.

If Northrop-Grumman/EADS does win the contract, the tankers would be assembled in Mobile.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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