John Young, the Pentagon’s acquisition czar, has reportedly drafted a letter for the four congressional committees that oversee defense spending and policy informing them of the Pentagon’s decision to go ahead and award the contract to Northrop Grumman.First, we guess there is less than a 10% chance this is true. Second, if DoD is that foolish they must know they will never get funds from Congress to buy the KC-30 this way.
Also, if this is yet another KC-30 whisper campaign, this is the absolute cruelest thing we have yet seen in the tanker war. The only people who may believe this rumor are KC-30 supporters. And, if found to be spreading a rumor that only gives their supporters misinformation and false hope, the KC-30 team would have definitely breached the trust of its base.
Regardless of whether this rumor turns out to be true or not, we are really shocked at the implications either way.