Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The case for a competitive process on the F-35s

For those interested in following the F-35 procurement story, one of the big issues that's arisen is clearly the question of whether or not the process has been appropriate here. This letter, written by a former senior Defence department procurement official, essentially makes the case for an open competition on the fighter jet purchase.

I'm not sure whether Senator Wallin would like me to refer to Williams, the author of the above letter, as a hawk or a dove. Let's just call him an owl, watching the process, ok?

In the U.S., seems they're having a bit of a debate over a competition on this plane too, but with respect to an alternate engine for the jet being produced. Reining in military spending is affecting whether that option survives.