Although Tanker War Blog has never spoken ill of Northrop Grumman we receive a number of comments from NG employees taking us to task for perceived slights as to their company's Americanism. (Their word not ours)
For the record, most TWB contributors have the highest regard for the great American company that is Northrop Grumman. We would also add that contributors to this blog have over the years worked closely with NG to advance their programs in the public arena and on Capitol Hill. Programs such as the the B-2 Spirit, Global Hawk, the Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyers , the LPD 17 amphibious assault ships, the Virginia-class submarines, and Gerald R. Ford-class of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (Advanced EHF) spacecraft are but of few of those championed in the past by Tanker War Blog members.
We disagree with NG's choice of partnering with EADS on the tanker contract even though we acknowledge that the current duopoly in large civil aviation airframes left them little choice once they decided to bid. We continue to hope that through the strength of our posts NG realises that no contract, not even a $35 billion one, is worth partnering with EDS to sell Airbus airframes to American tax payers.
Regardless of our fondness for Northrop Grumman though, TWB continues to reserve the right to highlight any inaccuracies in tanker facts, figures, or statements regardless of national origin.