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-- -- -- the govern Government Accountability Office kind of with the Seattle based Boeing yesterday.
And the company's protest over Northrop Grumman 35 billion dollar air force tanker contract.
People were shocked and the GO GAO says Boeing's defense unit is offering a better deal for the airport.
And that the agreement with Northrop Grumman should've been revisited here to tell us want this to -- And what happen yesterday is our own Fox News correspondent rich -- I.
I'm still in shock myself but tell -- some of the details.
Good morning Alexis and the first announcement that EADS Northrop -- -- got this tanker contract was a huge announcement yesterday was a huge announcements almost.
A good analogy to look at the fourth quarter of a playoff football game with a referee comes down -- -- a huge touchdown pass.
For Northrop Grumman and EADS now it's up to the air force to decide.
Where -- -- on this and let's just take a look Alexis when you talk about this contract it is to build a 179 tankers.
-- forty billion dollar contract but of course you have to.
Go a little bit beyond that when you look at maintenance and when you look at the extending the life of -- that one contract could be worth a hundred billion again.
This is the first contract to replace 600.
Tankers that were built by Boeing.
It is air force fleet so this is a huge overturned but of course.
The congressional delegation that has been behind Boeing has now urging the air -- to act take a listen.
Almost -- every fact.
That being air force did not even in this process follow its own criteria correctly.
What it is doing is saying that the American taxpayers going to get a fair shake in making sure that the best plane is awarded a final contract.
The airports now have sixty days to reconsider.
And -- bit.
That's sixty days you heard senator Cantwell saying that is strongly recommended by the Government Accountability Office it's still up to the air force as to whether -- wants to go out and -- -- it but again the GAO -- saying that the process.
Of determining that Northrop Grumman EADS had the better tanker.
Was flawed this isn't the GAO going -- saying Boeing had a better tanker.
Then EADS in Northrop Grumman this is basically saying the process is -- now we you can go do in the next six days the air force has to say.
We're either going to re -- this -- -- we're going to completely ignore you so what's all up to the air force from here Alexis back to you.
All right thank you so much rich while the GAO ruling may have come as a surprise to many in Alabama where Northrop Grumman plans.
I'm -- it KC thirty tanker with.
We spoke with Alabama's governor Bob Riley exclusively here we thought it was -- virtually.
A done deal take a look.
Almost -- every factor.
This was the best one I can't imagine -- going be an overturn.
Well here to talk about that ruling and what it means for the economy of Alabama is mobile's mobile county commissioner -- -- dying and discuss what advantages Boeing.
Made gained -- Scott Hamilton from Leon LLC managing director good morning gentlemen.
Morning elections that -- all right I'm doing all right but Stephen let me start with you how are you guys doing are you surprised by the ruling.
Absolutely we know that we had the best airplane from American men and women who serve this great country.
And one half four out of five categories against the Boeing plane and if we have to start over again there's no doubt in our mind that we will -- the Boeing product once again.
But certainly it's astonishing to me to see that that.
Senator Murray that has continued to say that this was -- unfair process.
And no more than a year and a half ago she was quoted as saying this was the most open and fair process that she's ever seen.
Stephen -- you know when you look at the details of what happened here this is the hundred day process and obviously we know -- the airport doesn't have to take the GAO's recommendation.
But what exactly do you think happened in the -- mean they came out with seven points here.
That overturn this so aggressively -- it wasn't like it was a 5050 split down the line.
They aggressively ruled in Boeing's favor.
No doubt but we know that Boeing has continued to misrepresent now only the good people of Alabama by saying they can't build tricycle -- They can't get -- work force we have the workforce we have the ingenuity we have the capability of providing air force the best tanker that it's ever had.
And it's just unfortunate that Boeing would continue to misrepresent the facts and disparage the people of Alabama and the Gulf Coast and we have a great.
Group of people on the Gulf Coast that are willing.
And able to build this product -- so.
I just think that the political rhetoric was unfortunate.
Missed truce in misconceptions.
All along the line I know the GAO is right fair and balance our organization.
And it's just unfortunate I just think that a lot of the rhetoric seeped into the GAO's decision.
Okay -- -- we turn to Scott Scott let me get your reaction to this first of all what does it mean for Boeing not only today but in the future what are the next stats.
Well clearly the news from the GAO is and a great deal four Boeing.
It gives them another chance to go after this contract.
It has been represented here courses does not mean air force has to do that.
So -- we will wait and see what you're forced us for the next sixty days but this is indeed good news from blowing.
You know Steve NN will we talked to the governor the other day he talked about as many as 5000 jobs -- -- some of those through supplier is not only through building this tanker.
Are you concerned about what he'll do locally to the economy.
No not at all -- mobile has experienced an unbelievable explosion economic development with a four billion dollar -- Krupp steel plant.
A new container facility 600 million dollar container facility.
A new cancer center we have we have on president and economic growth since Hurricane Katrina.
And so we're confident that this economy particularly in the Gulf Coast will continue to be strengthened.
But no doubt that we're disappointed that the community as a whole really wanted this project because.
We are -- haven't always been always excited about being a part of the military.
Defense contract being part of this.
And so and we're just gonna continue to -- -- we have a strong military.
And we have a strong aerospace community here in mobile right now right mobile aerospace it would provides almost 15100 job so.
We we're not afraid of what it's gonna do to the economy but.
We certainly have counted on this for quite some time and we're gonna continue to fight to fight the fight is not over and all right Boeing hasn't seen anything yet.
All right Stephen my apologies and that's got my apologies but were run at a time here think you both so much for joining us I appreciate I know we'll continue to debate this.
In the coming.
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