Friday, January 28, 2005

Outsourcing America/President's Helicopters

The Pentagon has once again outsourced American jobs and this time it is for the Presidents fleet of Helicopters, from

"""The Pentagon today chose the Lockheed Martin Corporation and a group of international partners over an American-only team headed by the Sikorsky Aircraft Company to build the next fleet of presidential helicopters, perhaps the most prestigious aircraft contract in the world.

The $1.6 billion contract is not be the biggest ever handed out by the Pentagon, but it gives the winner global bragging rights and touches on the politically sensitive question of whether a president should be ferried around in a craft - known as Marine One when a president is aboard - that is made only in the United States or one that has some foreign parts, design and ownership.