Here's an idea. The U.S. is in the market for a new tanker so let's have all the aerospace companies submit proposals on their best ideas. With me so far?
Then we let the DoD....And ONLY, the DoD, review these proposals and select the best platform to do the job. Still with me?
Then they submit their findings to D.C. so they can get the $$$ allocated. It's easy. Don't make it so damn difficult.
Would I rather have a U.S. manufacturer build the A/C? Of course.
Would I like for those jobs to come to my state? Yeah.
Will that happen? Don't know.
But the end game is to get the best piece of equipment in the air. No ifs ands or buts.
Just get it done.