The KC-30 team has struck back at the GAO report with a set of talking points that uses many of TruthyPR's suggestions. The KC-30 team's conclusion: It is the Air Force's decision if a rebid is needed. But if they do decide to rebid it, the result would be the same.
Boeing, as you might expect, has a slightly different view and has provided us with some talking points of their own. In their view the KC-30 does not even meet the RFP requirements and may not even be able to be considered.
We have combined both companies' statements to form this Dueling Talking Points paper which is housed on our documents site. Please note that although we used many of their statements verbatim, this not a Boeing document. We have edited some of their points and added some of our own.
As a side note, the Air Force just announced they had not ask the Government Accountability Office to reconsider its tanker decision. The Air Force did not file any request for reconsideration during the initial 10-day period after the decision. Many experts agree this means that Air Force, as a practical matter, has waived its right to appeal.
In the spirit of a good feud, please be sure to hit play above to listen to a song while reading the talking points. The song is popularly known as "Dueling Banjos" and is an instrumental composition that was made famous in the 1972 movie Deliverance.
The song was arranged and performed in the movie for guitar and banjo by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel and was on the movie's soundtrack album. After the movie's release, the song went straight to #2 on the U.S. pop charts. From March 17, 1973 - April 6, 1973 the Dueling Banjos EP was the #1 album on the Billboard 200.
The piece though was originally composed by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith and Don Reno as a duel between a 5-string banjo and a tenor banjo entitled Feuding Banjos in Charlotte, North Carolina 1955. Not initially given credit for his work by the producers of the movie, Arthur Smith had to sue to set the record straight.
We at Tanker War Blog believe in setting the record straight. The GAO has done its part by determining the Air Force made significant errors and should rebid the tanker contract.
We hope that by posting the dueling talking points we have done our part in setting the record straight on what the GAO decision means.