The controversy surrounding Air Force One will be fleeting, because the Air Force hasn’t settled on program requirements or contract terms yet. The Air Force’s plan to build a new bomber is another matter. The B-21 Raider (as it is called) is a vital program, but the way it was awarded creates a danger it will be delayed or incur major cost overruns. To put it bluntly, the bargain-basement price of the winning proposal simply isn’t realistic. The Government Accountability Office in effect confirmed that fact when it released its findings on a protest by the losing bomber team in October. If and when the bomber effort goes haywire, the Trump Administration will be blamed for a problem its predecessors created. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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