Jed Babbin, a man most of us admire (we are bipartisan remember) but all of us respect, has just written a great entry "Too Big, Too Heavy" about the tanker controversy on his blog at Human Events.
As a former a deputy undersecretary of defense in President George H.W. Bush's administration, the author of many books including "Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe are Worse than You Think" and someone who has three decades of experience in trying cases before the GAO we are not surprised to see that Mr. Babbin concluded that the current tanker contract with NG-EADS is a bad deal for the warfighters.
Mr. Babbin calls for Secretary Gates to assemble "all the combatant commanders and all of the Air Mobility Command former bosses he can find who aren’t working for one of the competitors. Get to the bottom of why the warfighters were apparently ignored. And fix this before billions of dollars and precious years are spent on what may reduce the Air Force’s ability to fly and to fight. "